HUFFINGTON POST
10/07/2010 09:38 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Memoirs On Depression: Autobiographical Writings On The Illness That Affects Millions (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Today, Oct. 7, is National Depression Screening Day. It is held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week, and more than half a million people have been screened each year for depression since 1991. Depression affects about nineteen million people in the U.S. each year. Here, we've collected the memoirs of a few who have shared their struggles in an effort to raise awareness.

As the stories of those from renowned writer William Styron to expert psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison have shown, no walk of life, level of education, or career path makes one immune to the potentially crippling effects of this illness. Whether it was clinical depression, manic depression, or postpartum depression, learn how these people spoke out about coping with a mental illness that historically comes with a great deal of stigma attached.

WATCH Jamison discuss her friendship with Styron in a video courtesy of Open Road Media:

Which memoir looks most compelling to you?

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Memoirs of Depression
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Memoirs of Depression