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Dealing With Depression

Posted Friday, May 23, 2008

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The numbers are staggering… and the illness debilitating. One in five people suffer from mental illness. But the stigma keeps too many of them from seeking help. Let’s tackle that stigma with an open a conversation on depression, the most common mental illness. What are the best ways to identify and treat it? We’ll talk to the experts – the doctors and those who are recovering. Dealing with depression and mental illness on The Sound of Ideas.

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Judy Peters, Chair, Mental Health Advocacy Coalition
James Spada, Co-founder, Wegif.com, advocate and survivor of mental illness
Dr. Prashant Gajwani, Clinical Director, Mood Disorders Program, University Hospitals

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"Depression: Out of the Shadows" is a 90-minute documentary about clinical depression. A lot of Americans are keeping an important, possibly deadly secret: depression. Approximately 18.8 million American adults live with this devastating disease, which affects all age, race, gender and socioeconomic groups. This program, a part of the PBS health initiative, explores depression’s complex terrain, and includes a 30-minute follow-up that offers expert advice on recognizing and treating depression. Stories are told by those living with depression including, among others, Andrew Solomon, award-winning journalist and author of “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression”; a mother who experienced postpartum depression; a workaholic CEO who thought his depression would end his career; a young gang member battling depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome; and a successful African-American PR executive who made the difficult choice to go public with her depression. The program also features interviews with scientists about the latest neurological research and findings.

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