International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD) exists to promote research into the mood (affective) disorders through all relevant scientific disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience and the social and behavioural sciences. Inter-disciplinary research approaches are particularly highly valued by the society.
Although the affective disorders are not a clearly delineated group of illnesses they include unipolar and bipolar depression, generalised anxiety disorder, and more specific anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia, panic disorder and social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is a high level of similarity and co-morbidity between these illnesses and it is sensible to consider them as a single group.
Whether you are an academic researcher, a psychiatrist or psychologist in clinical practice or a mental health nurse in a public health setting ISAD has something to offer you.