08/24/2011 09:34 am ET Updated Oct 24, 2011

What Do I Say To Someone With Depression?

Have a loved one diagnosed with depression? Cancer? The thought of talking to that person can be scary and awkward. What do you say? What is polite, appropriate, helpful?

“What Do I Say” is a new original video series that will answer these questions on an ongoing basis. Tune in on Wednesdays, and look at our schedule below to see when we’re covering a topic affecting your life.

Future "What Do I Say ... "

August 31 – Bipolar Disorder
September 7 – Breast Cancer
September 14 – ADHD


Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, the nation's largest state mental health system. As New York's “chief psychiatrist,” he provides medical leadership for a $4 billion per year mental health system which serves more than 650,000 people every year and includes 26 hospitals, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of 20 million people. He serves as Acting Director of The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, the OMH research institute affiliated with New York University. Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.

Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Sederer is the Mental Health Editor for The Huffington Post, where his posts appear regularly. His website is