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“The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression” is the newest documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz. It is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families.

The film explores through firsthand accounts how depression can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background. One by one the topics are addressed in candid detail: symptoms; suicide; the stigma and lack of understanding; the stress in families and relationships; the loss of ability to work. The film also discusses the pros and cons of medication, different types of therapy, and support groups. It contains uplifting advice to families and friends of people who are depressed. It inspires hope for happiness and a path to get better.

The inspiration for this documentary came from Susan Polis Schutz’s own experience with depression. Susan kept a journal while struggling to overcome depression. That journal was the basis for Susan’s recent book, “Depression and Back: A Poetic Journey Through Depression and Recovery.” The film and book will help people understand depression, give them hope, and show them that they are not alone.

For a deeper look into this film or more information, visit their website at www.misunderstoodepidemic.com.

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