The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression is the newest documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz. It is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families.
The film explores through firsthand accounts how depression can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background. One by one the topics are addressed in candid detail: symptoms; suicide; the stigma and lack of understanding; the stress in families and relationships; the loss of ability to work. The film also discusses the pros and cons of medication, different types of therapy, and support groups. It contains uplifting advice to families and friends of people who are depressed. It inspires hope for happiness and a path to get better.