Understanding Depression

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Based on an article by Mike Albo | Good

In the United States, close to 10 percent of the population struggles with depression, but sometimes it can take a long time for someone to even understand they are suffering. One difficulty in diagnosis is trying to distinguish between feeling down and experiencing clinical depression. The following TED-Ed video explains the difference. The video uses simple animation to clarify clinical depression lasts longer than two weeks, and has a range of symptoms such as changes in appetite, poor concentration, restlessness, sleep disorders (either too much or too little), and suicidal ideation. The video briefly discusses the neuroscience behind the illness, outlines treatments, and offers advice on how you can help a friend or loved one who may have depression.


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Thanks to Mike Albo for writing the article that inspired this post; Good, a magazine for the global citizen, for committing its resources to the article; TED-Ed for assembling the educators, animators, voice over specialist, and others to create video; YouTube for hosting the video; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, text, and video in this post.


  1. This is an informative film.

    Until I experienced depression and it’s possible disabling effects, I did not understand.

    1. Esther, you mentioned a problem faced by many people who experience adversity of any kind, not just depression. People do not truly understand the symptoms of adversity unless they have personally experienced it themselves. To some degree even people who have experienced one type of adversity do not truly understand the symptoms of somebody who has experienced a different type of adversity. However, people who have experienced any type of adversity are more likely to understand people who have experienced a different type of adversity than those who have never experienced any type of adversity. As with any “rule” there are exceptions.

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