David Cook Releases New Song 'Red Turns Blue' as a 'Therapeutic Process' to Navigate Anxiety

Despite the emotional high of winning American Idol in 2008, David Cook hit a low in the years following his victory when he began to struggle with intense anxiety. Now, the singer-songwriter is addressing his apprehension head-on with the release of his latest single, "Red Turns Blue."

"A couple years after Idol, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and have spent the last almost decade really going through the process of navigating that and picking up new tools and processes along the way to deal with it," Cook, 37, tells PEOPLE of the backstory to the song.

"I wanted to write a song touching on it for a while, and had never really just found the right voice for it," Cook says, explaining that "Red Turns Blue" first started coming together last year.

The song is "kind of a letter from my anxiety to me," Cook says, explaining that his anxiety "makes me feel like the adverse is coming around the corner" and gives him an "always looking over my shoulder vibe about things."




In the meantime, fans can stream "Red Turns Blue" now.

"I'm proud of every song I put out, but I am exceptionally proud of how this song turned out," Cook tells PEOPLE, adding, "hopefully everybody who hears it can find something for themselves in it."

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