Reality of Depression in the Spotlight Since Robin Williams Passing

8/13/14   1:50 p.m.

In light of Robin Williams passing, the reality behind depression has become a popular topic of conversation.

Audio: Michelle Clinger

Dr. Michelle Clinger of Century Health said depression can effect every aspect of a person’s life, from work to home to hobbies. Loss of energy, interests, weight gain or loss, sleep difficulty or oversleeping and a constant feeling of sadness or worthlessness are some of the major symptoms.

A person with a heart disorder is not judged for seeking treatment for their disorder. Clinger said the same should be true for those with depression.

Audio: Michelle Clinger

Clinger said it is important to understand that depression is a treatable disorder as long as the person suffering seeks help. After being assessed by a primary care doctor or clinician, the patient will likely be perscribed a combination of medication and therapy, which has been proven to be one of the strongest approaches to treating depression.

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