One of the most depressing facts associated with Depression is the complete lack of knowledge that most people have regarding the disease/condition. When doctors first diagnosed my condition, they recommend that I read a book called Depression and Its Treatment, Greist and Jefferson (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446600296/qid=1118436106/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-1617343-9088812).
While the book is not the most engaging reading – it’s very dry and clinical – it is highly informative and easily navigated by the layman. I highly recommend that you read it if you think that you, or a loved one, may be depressed. The greatest negative about depression is a lack of knowledge.