The World Association for Stress-Related and Anxiety Disorders (WASAD) aims to promote basic research and to foster effective and safe treatments and prevention strategies for mental illnesses related to abundant stress and anxiety. Such illnesses include depression, panic disorders, social anxiety disorders, specific phobias or separation anxiety disorders, PTSD, ADHD, sleep disorders and others. These are the most prevalent mental disorders and they are definitely related to increased levels of stress and associated with immense health care costs and a high burden of disease. According to large population-based surveys, roughly one third of the population is affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Substantial underrecognition and undertreatment of these disorders have been shown and recent efforts underline the importance of resilience. Untreated, stress related and anxiety disorders frequently follow a chronic course, and they are highly comorbid with other mental disorders, in particular with affective and substance abuse disorders. While research on pathophysiological mechanisms as well as diagnosis and treatment made substantial progress during the last years, translation into clinical practice is still lacking behind. At this joint conference, WASAD and the "SFB-TRR 58, Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety Disorders” offer a total of 23 scientific sessions addressing those problems and provide a forum for clinicians, practicing physicians, psychotherapists, young scientists, students and other health care professionals to exchange knowledge and experiences in the fields of basic and clinical research and to transfer this information into successful clinical applications for the benefit of our patients.
In this sense, we wish you all a fruitful and stimulating conference!
Peter Riederer, WASAD President
Andreas J. Fallgatter, WASAD Vice-President and Congress President
Hans-Christian Pape, Coordinator SFB-TRR58 and Congress President