Speaking from personal experiences, Depression, anxiety, and the other multitudes of mental disorders are a hindrance on daily life and affect almost every aspect. These disorders vary in how they effect a person, but their damage is not something to take lightly. There has been a question floating around these disorders: are these emotional disorders, or cognitive? This has perplexed psychologists for years, but they also have been trying to come to a common conclusion.
In 1991, Lauren B. Alloy of Temple University responded to a model presented by  David Barlow based around this question and offered her own suggestions as to what the answer could be, along with an opinion and thoughts on the Barlow Model and her research. Both Alloy and Barlow drew conclusions as towards Anxiety and Depression being similar and in most cases, even linked together by cognitive responses/influences. They also agreed that emotions and some outward forces are needed to trigger these and other similar disorders. To go further, Alloy hypothesized in her research about hopelessness-helplessness of control in situations (whether a person can or not is based around perception) playing a factor in having or moving from anxiety and/or depression. In the end, it is stated that these disorders and their substituents are cognitive in nature, but emotions do play a role.
So, what does this mean for my radio drama? Well, playing off of the helplessness-hopelessness connections from the article, that is largely how my experiences with these disorders has been. I either have been helpless in certain situations, or hopeless. Whether it was helping friends out with their own issues that seemed impossible, or dealing with a mountain (figuratively) of class work being on top of my mind, it all varied and it all hurt nonetheless. This is nothing new from what I have also noticed in my friends’ attitudes towards situations of their own.
With this project, I hope to help bring to light the issues surrounding anxiety and depression, and hopefully have a positive impact on showing others what is unseen by most. Hopefully, this starts a conversation about the issues of mental disorder, and once and for all, causes people to think of it as an actual debilitating illness and not something that can be easily remedied by exercise or just changing an outlook on life.
Depression and Anxiety: Disorders of Emotion or Cognition?
(May have to open JSTOR through the Scarborough Library’s Electronic Resources)

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