A Short Animation Explaining How Depression is Diagnosed and Treated

In a recent Ted-Ed lesson animated by Artrake Studio, a narrator explains the work done by Dr. Helen M. Farrell in regard to the symptoms of depression, its physiological origins and the continual stigma associated with the condition.

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.