The recent death of Robin Williams has sparked a new interest in depression. What is it? What are the causes? What are the signs? What can be done to treat it? The National Institute of Mental Health has attempted to answer many of those questions in this online "booklet" on depression:
good news is that there are many effective treatments. The key is
getting everyone to realize that just as significant physical pain
should trigger a visit to a doctor, significant mental pain should
trigger one as well.