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Depression: Out of the Shadows
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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.
From my experience, I am a fan of long-term psychotherapy as a remedy for depression rooted in childhood trauma as the case of Dashaun Jiwe Morris indicated, although it does take patience and money (or good insurance, which also requires money). I do think meds may be warranted and helpful in certain cases, however, especially when needed for stabilization early in treatment even if not needed later as healing is progressing. I also have found the Swiss sociologist-psychologist Alice Miller's books helpful in understanding how childhood trauma produces adult depression. Terry Real, a U.S. psychotherapist, also has some good books that tackle especially well the issue of trauma to boys and how male-female dynamics in patriarchy have caused this but can be repatterned.
Although the DVD is excellent, the DVD might have been improved by looking more at the sociological issues such as:
1. Women's and minorities' lesser status (especially traditionally before the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement but still, alas, true to some degree today - hopefully not forever) making them more prone to depression;
2. CEOs and other high-ranking people perhaps falling prey to a common fallacy in our cultural thinking that being at the top will fix everything in your life (when it in fact can make you more lonely, "it's lonely at the top," no?);
3. Workaholism being used as type of dysfunctional self-medication;
4. The fact that fathers can suffer from new infant depression too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The response from my group was, "It's Depressing" and "So, basically you have to take medication". I agree. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kim
You will not regret purchasing this DVD. This program is highly recommended for anyone who is suffering from depression or would like to learn about what depression really is. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jason Gohlke
A great explaination of the causes and treatments for depression.Published 11 months ago by mmdolphingirl
The people speaking about their depression and the professionals help any layman to understand the illness and help the person afflicted to not feel so alone and to learn that... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carol Chase