Organizations for Anxiety Disorders
Where do you turn to find additional information and support locally about anxiety and panic? There are many national and international support organizations available, which can send you additional educational materials about this disorder and point you to local support groups in your community.
Int'l. 700+ groups. Founded 1937. A community mental health organization that offers a self-help method of will training; a system of techniques for controlling temperamental behavior and changing attitudes toward nervous symptoms, anxiety, depression, anger and fears. Publication for members. Information on starting groups. Leadership training.
Contact: Recovery, Inc., 802 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60610. Call (312)337-5661; FAX: (312)337-5756.
Online Contact: http://www.recovery-inc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Nat'l network. Founded 1980. Promotes welfare of people with phobias and related anxiety disorders. An organization for consumers, health care professionals and other concerned individuals. Publishes national membership directory, self-help group directory, ADAA Reporter, newsletter.
Contact: Anxiety Disorders Assn. of America, 11900 Parklawn Dr., #100, Rockville, MD 20852-2624. Call (301)231-9350; FAX: (301)231-7392.
Online Contact: http://www.adaa.org or AnxDis@aol.com
Agoraphobics In Motion (A.I.M.)
Nat'l. 13 groups. Founded 1983. Self-help groups that use specific behavioral and cognitive techniques to help people recover from agoraphobia, anxiety, and panic attacks. Relaxation techniques and small group discussions, field trips. Newsletter, pen pals. Group Development guidelines ($27).
Contact: AIM, 1719 Crooks, Royal Oak, MI 48067-1306. Call (248)547-0400.
Council on Anxiety Disorders
MODEL GROUP (Please see note below before contacting this group.)
2 local affiliated groups in GA. Founded 1988. Meetings provide education, support and encouragement for people with anxiety disorders. Packets available that include personal stories, resource list of places to contact and information about treatment of panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, separation anxiety, and general anxiety. Cassette tapes available. Quarterly newsletter. Group development guidelines.
Contact: Council on Anxiety Disorders, Route 1, Box 1364, Clarkesville, GA 30523. Call (706)947-3854; FAX: (706)947-1265.
Online Contact: email@example.com
ABIL (Agoraphobics Building Independent Lives), Inc.
Nat'l. 28 groups. Founded 1986. Mutual support, encouragement, hope, goal setting, and education for persons with agoraphobia, anxiety or panic-related disorders and their families and friends. Provides information and referrals, phone support, newsletter, assistance in starting new groups.
Contact: ABIL, Inc., 3805 Cutshaw Ave., Suite 415, Richmond, VA 23230. Call (804)353-3964; FAX: (804)353-3687.
Online Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MODEL GROUPS: Model groups are not national or international groups. Contact this group only if you are interested in starting a similar group in your area or country. When writing to this group from the U.S.A., always include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. A small contribution toward their copying costs is also helpful. If you telephone, always be considerate of the time of day or night; most of these numbers are home phones.
This information summarized from the American Self-Help Clearning House's 'Self-Help SourceBook Online', Compiled & edited by Barbara J. White and Edward J. Madara, and published by CenterSite, LLC/Mental Help Net.