Four Corners - Beating the Black Dog
Cartoonist Bill Leak has had depression all of his life. He is not alone. One in five Australians will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives. Dubbed the black dog by Winston Churchill, it is one of the biggest medical problems facing the world today.
"Four Corners" explores this important issue through the moving personal stories of those who have battled with depression for years. They and their families reveal the cost to themselves and those around them. They tell of their courageous battles to lead their lives. For some, this has meant taking medication in conjunction with therapy and lifestyle changes. Others have found that they are able to manage their condition without the need for ongoing medication.
As with many health issues, particularly in the area of mental health, the help available to those with depression is unfortunately dependent on their income and the support network around them.
Reporter Janine Cohen explores these issues through the personal stories of those who know: those who have battled depression themselves - those who are fighting each day to beat the black dog.
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