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Mental Health Resources

General Information on Anxiety and Depression 


Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal response to situations in which we feel threatened or concerned. In moderate degree and frequency, anxiety can keep us safe or motivate us to work harder. For millions of people, however, anxiety becomes so persistent or overwhelming that it significantly interferes with the quality of one’s life Fortunately, excessive anxiety is treatable. Our goal is to discover ways of improving existing treatments as well as developing new ones.

Depression 

Depression is a common reaction to prolonged stress or loss – for example, losing a loved one, going through a relationship ending, or losing one’s job. Depression may lead a person to feel sad, discouraged, unmotivated, or disinterested in their usual activities. Although it is common for most people to experience depression at some point in their life, symptoms that persist for more than two weeks and significantly interfere with daily activities may signify a more serious problem. Given that depression and anxiety often occur together, we are studying treatment approaches that target features of both conditions.




Resources and Links


UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

For UCSD Students. Click the link for their website or call them at (858) 534-3755.

Emergency counseling for UC San Diego students is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

UCSD Outpatient Services

(858) 534-7792 (PSYC)
  • Clinic locations in La Jolla and Hillcrest
  • Individual and/or group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Social services e.g., vocational and housing assistance

Executive Mental Health Program

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite B225

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 534-6200


Co-Occurring Disorders Program (COD)

(619) 543-7625


Bridge to Recovery Program

3851 Rosecrans Street

San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 542-4166

UCSD Health Sciences 

9500 Gilman Drive, 

La Jolla, CA 92093

(858) 657-6795

6363 Alvarado Ct. Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92120 

(619) 594-5134

  • Individual therapy for trauma, phobias, panic attacks, and other anxiety-related problems
  • Individual and/or group therapy for depression or other emotional difficulties
  • Fees determined on a sliding scale between $15-$85 per session




Other Community Resources


The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego

Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, depression, and stress management. Individual, group, and couples’ therapy.

The Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC

3262 Holiday Court, Suite 220

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 450-1101


Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety

Individual and/or group cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, may also have clinical research studies available. Fees determined on a sliding scale. Free anxiety support group

6386 Alvarado Ct. Suite 301

San Diego, CA 92120

(619) 229-3740; sdsu.cuta@gmail.com




Additional Resources


24 Hr Suicide/Crisis Hotline

(888) 724-7240 or (619) 236-3339

Alcoholics Anonymous

(619) 265-8762

Adult Protective Services

(619) 283-5731

A.I.D.S. Hotline

(800) 590-2437

Child Abuse Hotline

(858) 560-2191

Cocaine Anonymous  

24 hour helpline: (866) 242-2248

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

(800) 600-6028

Narcotics Anonymous

(619) 584-1007

Naranon

(619) 492-8720

Rape and Domestic Violence

(858) 272-1767

Center for Community Solutions

Therapy to address the emotional aspects of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and relationship issues, also have a rape crisis center, legal services. Sliding scale fees

4 locations: 

  • Pacific Beach (858-272-5777)
  • La Mesa (619-697-7477)
  • North County (760-747-6282)
  • Family Justice Center (866-933-4673)

24-Hour Toll Free Crisis Line: 888- 385-4657

Planned Parenthood

(619) 881-4500

Affordable Medical Care Clinics

(619) 515-2300

Teen Recovery Center 

(888) 286-5027




Learn More


Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 
Provides information about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy that is effective for many individuals with anxiety disorders. The web site includes fact sheets about various clinical problems, including anxiety disorders, and a directory of therapists who offer CBT.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 
Information and resources for individuals with anxiety disorders and their families. The website includes a directory of doctors and therapists who treat anxiety disorders, information about support groups, and other resources.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 
Organization devoted to advancing knowledge about the effects of severe stress and trauma. The website includes information for the general public such as trauma resources and public education pamphlets.

American Psychological Association 
Professional organization for psychologists. The website offers a wide range of information and resources related to mental health issues, including a "find a psychologist" function.

National Institutes of Mental Health 
Provides funding for research on mental health problems such as anxiety disorders. The website provides information about mental health issues, including a listing of ongoing clinical trials for individuals who may be interested in participating in a research study.

National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC)
The National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC) is comprised of a group of regional mental health treatment clinics. It is established with the intent of making the highest quality evidence-based psychotherapy services to treat social anxiety available to those in need. We do this through research, collaboration, dissemination, and education to the public.