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Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression

“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.


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  • Michael

    I’ve watched this show on public TV. It does an excellent job of exploring depression, its effects on both the victim and their family and the consequences of not getting treatment.

  • Colin

    Excellent film, it explains it so well.

  • Jarrod@ Optimistic Journey

    There is a misconception about depression. I think if more people understood this mental illness there would be less stigma attached to it that the person is crazy. I think there is a great sense of awareness that needs to be brought about this mental illness.

  • denise

    Thank you for the wealth of information in this blog!
    My sister is bi-polar and she is presently in the ICU with a breathing tube due to an overdose (2) days ago. She was found in the trunk of her car in a parking lot in a nearby town. Luckily, she answered her cell phone in a groggy state. Her husband of (15) years had always been able to help with the depression, but this time it was different.
    Please keep us in your thoughts; I will do the same for all of you out there who are suffering. Therese, I am especially grateful to you. I purchased “Beyond Blue” for my sister (2) weeks ago, and I have a copy of “The Pocket Therapist”. Unfortunately, my sister’s depression was too great for her to comprehend what she was reading. Hopefully when and if she recovers, I know both books will be a valued much needed resource.

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