Red flags raised over Internet-based anxiety "expert"

One important step in searching for a provider or potential mental health treatment program online—be it for depression, anxiety or other disorders — is ensuring the program is based on solid evidence that it will help you. In addition, when selecting a mental health provider, always ask about that provider's training and credentials.

In this video clip, Chicago's WGN News helps expose an Internet scam in which an individual without a license in psychology has been using multiple fake names to sell "cures" for various anxiety disorders, including a program to help parents raise anxiety-free children. The scam also included unapproved testimonials from a variety of physicians and other mental-health professionals. Also included in this short clip is APA member and anxiety disorder expert Dave Carbonell, PhD, giving advice about getting help for anxiety disorders.

Updated December 2010