PBS Documentary on Depression: Out of the Shadows

Teri Robert Health Guide
  • Public awarness and understanding of depression is sorely lacking. Because of this, too many of us still feel the stigma of depression. Family, friends, and employers often just "don't get it."

     

    Tomorrow, May 21, Depression: Out of the Shadows airs on PBS. Here are some quotes from the documentary:

    • I wish I could answer why this is happening..."

    • "If you think about the worst you have ever felt in your life and imagine feeling that way every day and not knowing why, then you'll know depression is."

    • "You get used to feeling bad and think that's how you're supposed to feel."

    • "Depression is an illness of loneliness, and the primary experience is the feeling of being cut off from everyone and everything."

    • "If you're depressed, is the most important thing you can do."

    • "There's power in naming it... You put a name to this, and it's something that's treatable."

    • "If someone can get the appriate treatment and stay with it, the prognosis is actually very, very good."

    Depression: Out of the Shadows is a multi-dimensional project designed to explore depression with all its complexities and comprehensively examin it. The 90-minute documentary is the first component of the project. The PBS web site says,

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    "By weaving together the science and treatment of depression with intimate portrayals of families and individuals coping with its wide-ranging effects, the film raises awareness and eliminates the stigma surrounding this prevalent disease, underscoring the fact that whether we are battling it in our families, our workplaces, or in our own minds, depression touches everyone."

      

    Following the documentary, Jane Pauley will host a 30-minute roundtable discussion titled TAKE ONE STEP: Caring for Depression, with Jane Pauley in which nationally acclaimed experts will offer advice on recognizing and treating depression.

     

    In addition to the documentary, roundtable, and web presence, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the YMCA of the USA will implement an educational outreach campaign in communities across the US.

     

    The goall of the DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows resources is to raise awareness, eliminate stigma, and encourage people to get help.

     

    Depression: Out of the Shadows will air on PBS on Wednesday, May 21, at 9 p.m., eastern time. Please be sure to check your local listings to be sure of when it airs on your station.

     

    You can read more Depression: Out of the Shadows about and see a preview of the documentary on the Depression: Out of the Shadows area of the PBS web site.

Published On: May 20, 2008