It can be difficult to explain depression to our loved ones because at times we really struggle to understand it ourselves. We’ve put together 5 videos which explain depression brilliantly, offer insights and understanding of this debilitating illness. They also reassure us that we’re doing the best we can, and that’s all anyone can ask of us, including ourselves.
What is Depression? By Helen M Farrell
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.
Why We Need to Talk About Depression – Ted Talk by Kevin Breel
Kevin Breel didn’t look like a depressed kid: team captain, at every party, funny and confident. But he tells the story of the night he realized that — to save his own life — he needed to say four simple words.
I had a black dog, his name was depression – By the World Health Organisation
At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”. More information on the book can be found here: http://matthewjohnstone.com.au/
The Science of Depression – By AsapSCIENCE
What’s going on inside of a depressed person?
“Explaining My Depression to My Mother” – Sabrina Benaim
“My depression is like a shapeshifter.”
Please let us know in the comments below if you’ve stumbled across any other videos which have helped you, or those closest to you.