In Memoriam Jerilyn Ross, Mental Health Advocate, Leader of Anxiety Disorders Association

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • With deep sadness, we report that Jerilyn Ross, cofounder and president of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), died January 7 in Washington, D.C., of neuroendocrine cancer. She was 63.


    A pioneer and visionary leader in the field of mental illness, she was a tireless advocate and a voice for all those who live with an anxiety disorder. Her message spread around the world: Anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. Jerilyn's personal experience with fear and phobia led to her career as a therapist and tireless advocate.


    Her dream of offering hope and access to effective treatment for every person suffering from an anxiety disorder will continue through the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Take a look at the newly redesigned ADAA website. It features new sections about depression, anxiety disorders in children, and military and military families.

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    The site also offers forums to share your own experiences, triumphs, and struggles with others, as well as a new Ask an Expert section. And it still includes a searchable Find a Therapist database and in-depth information about treatment options for anxiety and related disorders.


    Jerilyn laid the foundation for ADAA's commitment to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them. Her legacy will live on as ADAA continues to be the voice for those affected by anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.


    Jerilyn's family requests that any donations in her memory be made online or mailed to ADAA, 8730 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910


Published On: January 29, 2010