by Cynthia Kipp

I have suffered from social anxiety disorder since I was about 10 years old, or about 34 years. I was a very intelligent child, but when teachers noticed a difference in me, I started trying to be invisible. Social situations, including school, were torture. I bulldozed my way through life, including dabbling in alcohol and substance abuse for relief of my anxiety and depression. I find it very interesting that the disorder is marked by a morbid fear of authority figures. And here I thought I was just being a rebel!

Depression rises in Arizona as pandemic continues - ADAA Member - Article

Almost 650,000 adults reported long periods of poor mental health in 2019. 42% of approximately 5.6 million recorded adults in Arizona have reported feeling depressed over the course of the recorded period during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADAA Member Mary Alvord, PhD shares insights on depression in this article. 

Depression FAQs

  • What are the causes of depression?
    • There are several possible causes of depression, and they often interplay with each other. Generally, biological or genetic, psychological and/or environmental factors, or a combination of these, are thought to underlie depression.
    • Depression can be a result of a primary psychiatric condition, or it can be secondary to a medical condition.

Tips to Manage Depression

Depression affects one’s cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and physical functions. One of the most insidious aspects of depression is that it tricks you into thinking that nothing will help, or that the relief will be temporary, and it will keep you in a cycle of maladaptive thinking, feeling, and doing (or non-doing). However, there are steps one can take to cope with depression.   

Take care of your physical health

by Sheri Miller

When I wrote this song, someone close to me was suffering with depression, and I deeply desired with all my heart and soul to soothe them, give them relief.  This song was my gift, a message of love to them.