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DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows
Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign
DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows + TAKE ONE STEP: Caring for Depression, with Jane Pauley  

Resources for Understanding Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 18.8 million American adults have a depressive disorder. The disease is not discriminating, seeping into all age, race, gender, and socioeconomic groups. Depression stalls careers, strains relationships, and sometimes ends lives.

Help break the silence and lift the stigma around this devastating and common disorder. The following resources offer real-life suggestions that can help you create a healthier future for your family, your community, and yourself.

Print and Online Resources

Depression Fact Sheet
Depression affects approximately 15 million American adults every year. Learn about the symptoms and basic treatments for this very treatable condition.
English version (PDF, 748k)
Spanish version (PDF, 796k)

Depression Statistics
Because of depression's stigma, many people are unaware of how common it is; read the statistics on the disease's wide reach.
English version (PDF, 644k)
Spanish version (PDF, 776k)

Depression in Children
While rare, childhood depression does exist. Explore its specific symptoms and methods for finding pediatric treatment.
English version (PDF, 636k)
Spanish version (PDF, 772k)

Depression in Teens and College-Age Students
Incidences of depression increase during the teen years. Find out more about its contributing factors and strategies for seeking relief.
English version (PDF, 636k)
Spanish version (PDF, 772k)

Depression in Older Adults
Depression often goes undiagnosed in older people. Learn about potential causes, symptoms and treatments for people suffering depressive disorders later in life.
English version (PDF, 736k)
Spanish version (PDF, 748k)

Depression in Women
Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression. Learn more about possible causes and treatments for female depression.
English version (PDF, 636k)
Spanish version (PDF, 772k)

Depression in Communities of Color
The Surgeon General reports people of color, both adults and children, are less likely than their white counterparts to receive needed mental health care. Find out why, and explore ways to connect all people with the help they need.
English version (PDF, 636k)
Spanish version (PDF, 772k)

Depression Web Links
These revered organizations offer effective starting points when seeking information about depression or related disorders. For advice about specific treatment or medication, always consult a physician and/or mental health professional.

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Outreach Partners

National and Community Partners
Learn about the outreach partners for DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows.

Suggested Reading

"Producer's Picks" Suggested Reading
Many fiction and nonfiction writers have mined the topic of depression to create literature that informs, engages and inspires.

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