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Coping With Depression During The Pandemic

Nik Shuliahin
In this Talk of Iowa, we talk about depression, how to identify it and how this disease can turn deadly.

It’s been nearly a year since the beginning of the pandemic. A year that has been full of inconvenience and disappointment for all, and terrible loss and financial insecurity for many. A year of social isolation for some and overwhelming family togetherness for others. A year of news about disease and death, of graphic and terrible news reports about police violence and a movement for social justice, a year of divisive politics, culminating with an insurrection at the Capitol. And those are just some of the headlines.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity and her guests talk about people struggling with anxiety, the many different aspects of depression and a complicated illness that can turn deadly.


  • Dr. Emily Kroska, clinical assistant professor in psychological and brain sciences, University of Iowa
  • Drew Martel, director of crisis services with Foundation 2, licensed clinical social worker
  • Peggy Huppert, executive director of NAMI Iowa
  • Teresa Zilk, media team, COVID Recovery Iowa
  • Jason Zilk, firefighter, Des Moines
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa