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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0018QOIWG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,185 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Many Americans are keeping an important, possibly deadly secret: depression. Approximately 15 million American adults live with this devastating disease which affects all age, race, gender, and socioeconomic groups. Through the voices and stories of people living with depression and interviews with scientists, Depression: Out of the Shadows provides a portrait of the disease never before seen on American television.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ecd6b64) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f34fbb8) out of 5 stars This movie "Tells it like it is", from the point of view of someone with Major Depressive Disorder May 6 2010
By Linda E. Dewey MD - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say that others haven't already expressed very eloquently? The movie reviews the diagnosis of Depression, along with most of the treatments currently available, and most importantly, includes excellent interviews with a wide variety of people from all walks of life, who suffer with this illness. Because of my own history with this illness, this was an extremely ACCURATE AND COMPASSIONATE documentary. I feel, in fact, that it should be shown in "health education" classes in high schools, just as we have "sex education". Many young people suffer from mental illness, but have no way to identify it, or "name" it. A truly wonderful, informational, documentary. Highly recommended. I would recommend this to my patients, and the families of patients, with Major Depressive Disorder.
74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecda8f4) out of 5 stars Relevant and Worthwhile May 26 2008
By cat kat - Published on Amazon.com
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While some of the information in this DVD has been around for a while, there is also quite a bit of new, interesting data included. Yes, depression has a stigma and often needs to be talked about in an open, treatment-minded style. I found the work on brain surgery as a treatment for some types of depression very interesting. Since I am a college student studying attachment theories and post-partum depression, I particularly found the work done with babies and mothers interesting and relevant. PBS shows are seldom a waste of time, and the discussion by a CEO from The Fortune 100 business world was worth the price of this DVD. I recommend it.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef74ed0) out of 5 stars Opened our eyes about depression being an illness April 14 2009
By dips165 - Published on Amazon.com
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Our 19yr. old daughter has been going through depression with some ocd. We have been trying to get her to seek counseling but wants to try to battle this on her own for now. It seems her depression comes and goes in a cycle every few months since Sept. Watching this video has given my husband and myself more insight and information about the illness. We especially liked the info. that Jane Pauley gave at the end. I just hope my daughter will consider watching this also. I would recommend this to anyone that is seeking more info. on depression because it gives real life accounts of people's situations.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee75c90) out of 5 stars watch more than once March 23 2011
By T. Osgood - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this is a 90 minute DVD, it really could be watched over two sessions -- there is a LOT of information in it.

This presentation makes very clear that depression has many forms, many treatments and that not everything works for everyone. It interviews people from all walks of life who have (and have had) despressive episodes -- including teens, adults and older adults, black, white, gay, straight, etc. The DVD addresses depression that is "caused" by trauma, post-partum depression, and depression which seems to come from nowhere.

This is an excellent introduction to the world of depression. It would be particularly useful for watching with someone who knows little about depression and/or some who has some misconceptions or mis-information about the topic.

Importantly, the presentation does not advocate any particular treatment, but instead explores how some sufferers have used medication, others used talk therapy, some used shock treatment, some used in patient treatment, and some used a combination of these. A key point that is well made is that most who have used medication find that they must try several different medications before they find one that works well for them.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed0a204) out of 5 stars Good info a must see Dec 31 2011
By R. Grayson - Published on Amazon.com
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Refreshing! This video scratches the surface. However is packed with useful information to help explain depression to those that have no clue. The first time I watched it I was in tears. The explanation that author gave was dead on. This does not blame the person in fact gives a name to what's going on. I would have giving five stars if it would have giving more info of what to do. Overall a must see.