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A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

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    • 4.8, 59 Ratings

A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Kaz77! ,

Chris Gethard

Great insight I just wish I had known this years ago I lost someone and should have been there for them but now I just have a big hole in my heart because I lost them

theunpacker ,

I relate

I found your podcast while I was earching for Martgaret Cho interviews. I've lived with lifelong depression, and related totally. But I Had an epiphany moment when you spoke about the Cold War and depression. I thought abouit nuclear apocalypse a lot as a kid in Australia , and my favourite movie was "On the Beach" After college at the University of Chicago (home of the first self sustained nuclear reaction) I appplied to medical school. On the application it asked for my reason for wanting to study medicine. I couldn't put down my real reason which was that in the event of a nuclear apocalypse, as a doctor, I would have a better chance of getting into a bomb shelter, and that once inside the shelter, the others would have a good reason to keep me alive. I have never shared this before , or realised it was connected to my depression until I heard your podcast tonight. Thanks

PS. My strategy wasn't ideal, as studying medicine in San Francisco in 1983 put me in place for a whole other apocalypse.

CBotha ,

I love this podcast so much

Helps me feel not alone, and like people out there understand and take depression seriously. Important af. <3 <3 <3

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