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Fighting the stigma

Award-winning actor Joey Pantoliano, or “Joey Pants” as he likes to be called, is known for his role as Ralphie in “The Sopranos” and roles in more than 80 films. In spite of professional success, Pantoliano  has suffered from clinical depression. But he embraced this diagnosis and has become an advocate for what he calls “brain dis-ease.” Pantoliano seeks to “stomp the stigma” of mental illness through his nonprofit organization “No Kidding, Me Too!” and recently made a documentary about his own experience and that of others learning to cope with mental illness. Need to Know’s Alison Stewart spoke with Pantoliano about the film and his own battle with the disease.

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