The Best Depression Videos of 2015

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  • Understanding Depression

    Understanding Depression

    Depression is a common yet serious mental illness that affects about 40 million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). It’s important to understand that depression is more than having a bad day or the blues. It’s a chronic problem that is marked by sadness, feelings of hopelessness and guilt, irritability, and fatigue. In its extreme form, it can result in a tragic suicide. 

    Depression can zap your enthusiasm for life, but there are plenty of encouraging online videos that can provide hope and comfort. Here’s a peek at the best depression videos of 2015.

  • Heavy and Light 2015 Recap

    Heavy and Light 2015 Recap

    Heavy and Light 2015 Recap combines music and the spoken word to bring attention to the challenges everyone faces. The poets remind us that sadness, pain, and the desire to give up are real, everyday emotions, but it’s important to share how we feel and find the strength to pick ourselves up. This video helps people with depression realize that they don’t have to suffer alone. 

  • The Story of Ryan Anderson

    The Story of Ryan Anderson

    On August 13, 2013, actress, model, and reality contestant Gia Allemand committed suicide after years of battling depression. In the video, The Story of Ryan Anderson, Allemand’s boyfriend Ryan (who happens to play in the NBA) discusses his loss and how he coped with her death. He talks about good days and not-so-good days, and brings attention to the benefits of seeking therapy in order to begin the healing process. This video offers hope to anyone who is dealing with depression — either personally, or through an afflicted family member.

  • How to Deal with Depression — Tactics That Work Immediately

    How to Deal with Depression — Tactics That Work Immediately

    Noah Elkrief teaches that overcoming depression involves understanding the source of sadness and the underlying cause of negative thoughts. He explains how thoughts can trigger depression and provides examples, which illustrate the connection between negative thinking and negative emotions. He poses a variety of questions that can help you put your situation in perspective. How to Deal with Depression — Tactics That Work Immediately encourages us to let go of fear and thoughts that make us unhappy.

  • The Science of Depression

    The Science of Depression

    The video Science of Depression takes a look at the science behind depression, providing insight about possible causes, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. It also highlights recent research supporting other explanations for depression, such as the connection between brain size and depression, as well as genetic factors that might increase the risk of depression. Although the exact cause of depression can’t be pinned down, the video sheds light on the subject, helping us appreciate that depression isn’t a weakness you can simply “snap out of.”

  • What People with Depression Want You to Know

    What People with Depression Want You to Know

    Even with all the education in the world, it can be hard to relate to someone with depression. What People with Depression Want You to Know goes inside the minds of those with depression. This two-minute video takes you on a journey through their emotions and thoughts, helping you gain a better understanding of their feelings. Being able to empathize with a loved one can help you be more compassionate and patient. The quotes in the video express what people with depression may be afraid to say face-to-face. 

  • The Mindful Way Through Depression: Zindel Segal at TEDxUTSC

    The Mindful Way Through Depression: Zindel Segal at TEDxUTSC

    With more than 30 years of experience researching mood disorders, Zindel Segal discusses the benefits of mindfulness in treating depression. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy involves focusing attention on the present moment without judgement. Depressed people have a habit of thinking negatively about life and their experiences. If you become aware of the feelings that cause depression and learn how to disengage from negative thoughts, it can be as effective as taking antidepressant medications. This video gives hope to people who want to manage their symptoms without dependence on drug therapy.

  • Winning the Fight

    Winning the Fight

    Feelings of sadness and unhappiness don’t have to take over your life. Depression is a serious and challenging problem, but help is available. These videos encourage, inspire, and bring hope, whether you’re a sufferer or you know someone living with depression. If you’re battling depression or persistent negative thoughts, speak with your doctor and don’t hide your pain from loved ones. You don’t have to struggle alone.