Aired Wednesday May 12th, 2010 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
With more than 21 million Americans diagnosed with clinical depression, it remains one of the most misunderstood conditions. Seen as something imagined or self-inflicted, depression is often not recognized as a medical illness. Yet, depression strikes one in four women and one of every eight men at some point in their lifetimes. In an effort to bring awareness about depression, KUED presents "The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" airing Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m.
From best-selling author, Susan Polis Schutz, "The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" is a riveting portrait of one of America's least understood mental illnesses. The film is told through first-hand accounts of people with depression and the perspectives of their friends, families and care providers to reveal heartbreaking stories.
Polis-Schutz takes a close look at the powerful, often shocking accounts of depression. She spent three years attending more than 300 depression & bipolar support groups, finding people to interview for the film. Through personal stories, the film explores how depression can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic background.
One by one stories unfold in gripping detail: symptoms; suicide; the stigma and lack of understanding; the stress in families and relationships; the loss of ability to work or function in society. The program uncovers the pros and cons of medication, different forms of therapy, and support groups.
Ultimately, "The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" inspires hope and a path to wellness for the those suffering from depression. The film also provides uplifting advice to families and friends.
"Depression can manifest itself in a variety of ways," says Schutz. "Studies are increasingly linking more illnesses to depression, including osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer, eye disease and back pain."
The film airs as part of Mental Health Month, in which community organizations highlight mental health issues nd challenges affecting children, adolescents, adults and seniors.
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