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The Anxiety Disorders Association of America and The HealthCentral Network Form Alliance to Develop New Online Resources for Anxiety Disorders
Date:5/21/2008

ARLINGTON, Va. and SILVER SPRING, Md., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (http://www.adaa.org) and The HealthCentral Network (http://www.HealthCentral.com) today announced that ADAA will join HealthCentral's growing community of patients, caregivers, advocates and health experts dedicated to helping people suffering from anxiety disorders get the information, advice and support they need to cope with the condition.

ADAA will produce a regular blog for HealthCentral's AnxietyConnection.com, a site devoted to helping patients and caregivers manage anxiety disorders. Additional joint projects, including video interviews with ADAA experts and development of new features that help patients cope with specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, are also planned.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. age 18 and older. ADAA, a national nonprofit organization, is solely dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals, the media, and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. For nearly 30 years, ADAA has been leading the way to improve research, education, and treatment for anxiety disorders. Members of the ADAA Scientific and Clinical Advisory Boards will contribute to the blog, which will feature information about anxiety disorders, including treatment options, new research, and how to find help.

"HealthCentral is very pleased to offer greater visibility for ADAA's wealth of expertise about identifying and managing anxiety symptoms," said Chris Schroeder. "The timing of this relationship coincides with national Mental Health Month, and we look forward to sharing ADAA's insights behind the research headlines for these treatable conditions."

"HealthCentral's emphasis on the patient's perspective makes it a great fit for an online collaboration, as people reach for support on AnxietyConnection.com," said Jerilyn Ross, MA, LICSW, ADAA President and CEO. "This blog will advance our mission to serve those suffering from an anxiety disorder and encourage them to seek help."

About Anxiety Disorders Association of America

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) (http://www.adaa.org) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated since 1980 to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them.

ADAA disseminates information, links people who need treatment with those who can provide it, and advocates for cost-effective treatments, making it possible for hundreds of thousands to benefit from its services and publications. The association is comprised of professionals who conduct research and treat anxiety disorders and people who have a personal or general interest in learning more about such disorders.

About The HealthCentral Network

The HealthCentral Network, Inc. (http://www.HealthCentral.com) is one of the top health destinations on the Web, with more than 35 condition-specific, wellness and general health Web properties. By offering connections to renowned experts, a network of patients and caregivers who share "real world" experience, and in-depth information, sites in The HealthCentral Network make a meaningful difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. The HealthCentral Network also manages the highest-quality health advertising network, not building size for size's sake - but targeting condition-specific audiences who value and engage with information from marketers on their terms.

The HealthCentral Network was acquired in 2005 by Polaris Venture Partners, The Carlyle Group, Sequoia Capital, and Allen & Company. In January 2008, the Company received a significant minority investment from IAC/InteractiveCorp and additional investment from its original investors, and IAC CEO Barry Diller joined The HealthCentral Network's board of directors. In April 2008, HealthCentral and IAC Ad Solutions Network announced a new ad network agreement, making HealthCentral IAC/AS's exclusive partner in online marketing to prescription pharmaceutical advertisers.


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