Got the winter blues? Holidays have you feeling down?
For half a million people, December through February is the peak time for a specific type of depression: seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Today, those suffering from SAD and other forms of depression can access valuable information, support and resources online. But with the volumes of information available online, where would one even begin to look?
Coinciding with Seasonal Depression Awareness Month, SharecareNow, powered by WCG identified the most prominent online influencers (see video) affecting the lives of millions of Americans who suffer from depression. The “SharecareNow 10: Depression” list is a strong mix of practitioners, authors and patients, who are are passionate about increasing awareness and support for those affected by depression:
- Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD, JulieHanks.com
- Natasha Tracy, Breaking Bipolar
- Therese J. Borchard, World of Psychology
- Chato B. Stewart, Mental Health Humor
- Nancy Schimelpfening, About.com – Depression
- Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, Psychology Today
- Marcia Purse, About.com – Bipolar Disorder
- Rick Nauert, PhD, Psych Central
- Jack Smith, Coping With Depression
- Michael Friedman, LMSW, The Huffington Post
In the U.S. alone, an estimated 1 in 10 American adults report that they experience some degree of depression. Equally as alarming, while the average age onset of depression is 32, the group most affected by depression is ages 45-64.
We believe that in order to truly revolutionize treatment for depression and other conditions, we must find ways to unlock the power of collective knowledge – especially that of physicians, therapists, patients, and educators in health and wellness. Think about this: if you have an in-person conversation with your physician, it can be very productive, informative, have very little misinterpretation, and you can take positive action. Then, when you go online to interact with your therapist, other professionals and patients, the conversation should stay that simple, honest and clear.
We’re seeing that web platforms, blogs, forums and other social sites are facilitating open and honest conversations across numerous health and wellness categories. And in every category, a passionate, influential group of individuals is working to further that discussion and knowledge sharing. The “SharecareNow 10: Depression” list can be a tool for those suffering from depression and related conditions to start learning more about their situation, connecting with those who can offer support, and furthering their own conversation about treatments.
The ultimate goal, what we’re all working toward, is facilitating better health.