What are the best documentaries / movies on depression?
May 12, 2009 11:35 PM   Subscribe

What are the best documentaries / movies on depression?

A friend of mine lately told me that after watching the movie Prozac Nation, she could understand much better what it means to have depression for me. I skimmed through the movie at YouTube and I don't think it is that great. I might be wrong but nevertheless I wonder whether there are any better movies/documentaries on the issue of depression. I really liked Stephen Fry's "The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive" and ideally I would like to find something like this for chronic depression. Any suggestions?
posted by jfricke to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Does Your Soul Have a Cold? from Japan, which posits that the Japanese sudden upswing in depression was triggered by a popular ad campaign.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 12:13 AM on May 13, 2009

American Splendor deals with depression somewhat, and in a very realistic way.
posted by burnmp3s at 5:20 AM on May 13, 2009

The Bridge deals with depression in a harrowing way, and is difficult (ultimately rewarding) viewing. Tarnation deals with depression and other mental health issues in an original way.
posted by alzi at 6:23 AM on May 13, 2009

Best answer: Depression: Out of the Shadows won a Peabody, and rightfully so, I think.
posted by keever at 7:30 AM on May 13, 2009 [1 favorite]

Long Day's Journey into Night?
posted by meta87 at 9:50 AM on May 13, 2009

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