BENEFITING: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
We've started Out Loud! * to help spread the word about anxiety, depression and related disorders.
Let's Raise $350 for ADAA and Help 700 College Students with Anxiety and Depression.
Every $50 raised helps 100 college students. Source
In 2005, I was privileged to receive anxiety treatment in Washington, DC at a center then directed by Jerilyn Ross, the co-founder of The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). I read Ms. Ross's book Triumph Over Fear in college without any expectation that I would meet its author, my new heroine who I privately dubbed my rock star. There isn't space to relate the story, but seven years later I turned up at The Ross Center. One morning after an unnerving challenge, Ms. Ross invited me into her office. She said "What you did was like someone with a fear of heights dangling from a helicopter." Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that two years later I would be beside Ms. Ross getting interviewed by Martha Teichner for a CBS Sunday Morning segment on phobias. It was--is--one of the most astonishing things I could ever imagine happening.
Jerilyn Ross passed away in 2010. Ms. Ross is a heroine to many and still is my rock star.
When people quietly approach me and say "My [daughter, niece, brother, friend, -self] has anxiety and depression, do you have any suggestions?" I immediately recommend they visit ADAA.org.
Anxiety and depression are real, physical conditions that many are reluctant to talk about beyond the most rudimentary descriptions. This is in part because of the very serious and complicated ways they affect work, families and relationships. Many need to see and hear that their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are not irregular and that THEY ARE NOT ALONE. There are knowledgeable professionals ready to help those with anxiety, depression and related disorders (PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Specific Phobias and Comorbid Conditions). So from it came Out Loud!, asking people to join us in letting the cause be out there, visible, and talked about.
"Anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable." --Jerilyn Ross
* Out Loud! is not directly affilated with The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, although 100% of all Out Loud!'s funds raised go directly to ADAA.