The Mission of Freedom From Fear: Advocating a greater level of the understanding of anxiety disorders and the devastation they wreak on a person's life and those who care about them through research and community support.
Freedom From Fear is a national not-for-profit mental health advocacy association. Mary Guardino founded FFF in 1984 as an outgrowth of her own personal experiences having suffered from anxiety and depressive illnesses for 30 years. The mission of FFF is to impact, in a positive way, the lives of all those affected by anxiety, depressive and related disorders through advocacy, education, research and community support.
Anxiety and Depressive disorders are the most common of all mental illnesses. They are medical illnesses. Anxiety disorders alone affect more than 40 million adult American's each year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. Depression affects approximately 20 million adult Americans causing them to have symptoms such as hopelessness, sleep problems and feelings of being "down" and "blue". Both anxiety and depressive illnesses are severe, chronic and extremely impairing to the individuals who are affected by them. Furthermore, they can have a devastating effect on the family members of those suffering from anxiety and depression. However, the good news is that both anxiety and depressive illnesses are treatable.