Welcome to KAAD
Welcome to KAAD. We are a Korean non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.
Our mission focuses on improving quality of life for people affected with these disorders. KAAD helps all of those affected by anxiety and depression issues, including sufferers, caregivers, parents, family and friends. We educate patients and their families about the disorders and help them find treatment, resources, and support. Our passion is raising awareness and de-stigmatising anxiety in the general community. We strive to improve patient care by promoting implementation of empirically supported treatments and best practices across disciplines through continuing education and trainings and accelerating dissemination of research into practice.
Anxiety disorder is the most common mental health concern in Korea. There are various kinds of anxiety disorders in adults and children including phobias, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder. Each of the anxiety disorders has a specific set of criteria for diagnosis. Behavioral avoidance, excessive worry and physiological signs of anxious arousal are some of the common symptoms of the anxiety disorder. Together, these interfere with the quality and function of daily living. Evidence-based treatments are available to help with anxiety disorders. These include a form of psychotherapy called Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as well as certain types of medication specifically developed to help alleviate the associated symptoms. Both types of treatment have been shown to be equally effective. If people do not improve with one form of treatment, they are likely to improve with another. A person with an anxiety disorder may find it difficult to function in areas of life such as social interactions, family relationships, work or school. Occasionally, different anxiety disorders occur together or with other conditions such as depression or substance abuse.