I’m a Comedian, and I’m Depressed

Chonda Pierce, comedianEver wonder what depression feels like? Here’s a hint: Take a pillowcase full of rocks and strap it to the top of your head. Now put on a dark pair of sunglasses — indoors. Leave those things on for about a week. Until you begin to see the world through a dark film that never gets lighter, and it takes a very conscious effort to hold your head up. That is what depression feels like on a good day.

My Depression

My Depression: The Up and Down and Up of It: A short animated movie illustrates the symptoms, emotions, and side effects of depression with witty comedy and unique musical numbers, based on the lifelong experiences of Broadway writer, director, and composer Elizabeth Swados. Tune into HBO for more.

Therapy, Telemental Health, and Coaching


A therapist is a mental health professional who has an advanced degree in psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, nursing, or other disciplines and who holds a current license to practice. Therapists are trained to diagnose and treat anxiety, depression, PTSD, and OCD using evidence-based treatments, such as CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), IPT (interpersonal psychotherapy), and other types of psychotherapy. Some therapists can also prescribe medication.