The fact that approximately 19 million American adults suffer from depression is the nation's dirty little secret. For those who know, suffer or who have suffered, and for their loved ones, talking about it as a major health story is not only an uplifting acknowledgment that we are not alone, but it offers hope in the form of incredibly effective and available treatment that sadly did not spare the life of Mr. Spalding Gray, or the nearly 27,000 of those clinically depressed who take their own lives each year.
In the wake of professional disappointment between the deaths of his parents in the 90's, Ted Koppel described how he felt, "...as if I was carrying a backpack full of bricks, always exhausted no matter my diet, exercise or sleep regimen." He finally acknowledged to his family and friends that his 'mellow' was, in fact as they suspected, 'melancholy,' a dysthymic depression that required medication for a couple of years, as well as therapy. Deeply moved by the death of Spalding Gray who made talking about depression a focus of his performances, Ted Koppel too reflects on his own personal battle with depression.
Anchor: Ted Koppel Airdate: 3/9/2004
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