Top 10 Influencers Affecting Depression Conversation Online

Posted by: in Analytics, Healthcare Insights, Medical Communications, Thinking Creatively on December 14, 2011

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:

  1. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD, JulieHanks.com
  2. Natasha Tracy, Breaking Bipolar
  3. Therese J. Borchard, World of Psychology
  4. Chato B. Stewart, Mental Health Humor
  5. Nancy Schimelpfening, About.com – Depression
  6. Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, Psychology Today
  7. Marcia Purse, About.com – Bipolar Disorder
  8. Rick Nauert, PhD, Psych Central
  9. Jack Smith, Coping With Depression
  10. 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.

Best,

Bob Pearson & Adam Pedowitz

By: Adam Pedowitz

A New Jersey native, Adam is a Director in WCG's Corporate & Strategy team in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Anonymous said

    Great post!

  2. I agree! I had no idea that so many people suffer from this condition. It’s great to see something being done about it and that many people care.

  3. Anonymous said

    Meghan, Mike … thanks! I have a personal connection with this subject and grew up with a close understanding of the condition. Even still, the numbers are staggering. It’s inspiring to see how some incredible individuals are making a difference online for people with depression.

  4. Thank you for allowing me to reach even MORE people online about mental health.

  5. Yael Soussan1 said

    You forgot the best, the number one therapy in the world for depression is Cognitive Behaverial Therapy (CBT).

    Please inform this therapy to all people’s who are in a Depression, it saves lives.

    Thank you

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