Art by Rob Goldstein

To kick off the New Year I decided to share a link to an award-winning BBC documentary by Stephen Nolan, a film maker for BBC Northern Ireland.

Below is an excerpt from the Truth about Depression with a link to the YouTube Video.

Depression is not the normal feelings of sadness that one has in response to adverse events.

It is normal to intensely grieve the loss of a pet.

It is not normal to intensely grieve it for years.

Thousands of us will have a serious depressive episode; stigma will force many of us to hide the illness and to perhaps die from it without seeking treatment.

The stigma attached to depression, as with the stigma attached to most major and life threatening mental illnesses is that we who have them  are weak or attention seeking.

Depression affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible…

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