5 Enlightening Documentaries on Depression We All Need To Watch

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These documentaries can help people understand what depression is.

An estimated 16.2 million adults in America suffer from depression or depressive symptoms. There are different forms of depression, with no two people experiencing the mental illness the same way.

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. There are various forms of treatments for depression, such as therapy, medication, diet, and exercise.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a form of depression, these documentaries can help you better understand what depression is and how people living with depression cope.

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1. Depression: Out of the Shadows

This documentary film (produced by PBS) features people living with depression and brings awareness to mental health. It also gives insight on how depression can effect loved ones and families. The story features a scientist providing research on the latest neurological research and treatment options for depression.

2. The Truth About Depression

BBC's Stephen Nolan meets people who are suffering with depression and discovers how they get through their day to day life. It sheds a light on the illness and clarifies any stigmas about depression.

3. This Emotional Life

This Emotional Life is a three-part documentary series hosted by psychologist and author Daniel Gilbert. It shares real life experiences from people living with a mental health illness. It showcases the everyday life of how people try to achieve mental and emotional wellness.

4. When the Bough Breaks

One in 7 mothers will suffer from postpartum depression. When the Bough Breaks is a documentary that sheds a light on postpartum depression and psychosis.

Brooke Shields is an executive producer and narrator of the film. The documentary follows real life cases of mothers and families who suffer or have suffered from postpartum depression. It also gives insight on how they sought out help and shows how some became advocates to bring awareness to this illness.

5. My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It

My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It, is an HBO animated featured film on the life and experiences of Broadway director and writer, Elizabeth Swados. This film takes a different approach on documentary films and uses animated situations of how Swados dealt (and still deals) with depression. It gives an insight on how someone feels with depression on their day to day.