“With young adults in particular, to be able to speak their language and understand their experiences really makes a difference.”
—Nancy Pandhi, MD, MPH, PhD
“I can talk with patients about depression in lots of different ways, but with young adults in particular, to be able to speak their language and understand their experiences really makes a difference,” said Dr. Pandhi. “When something like depression is so stigmatizing and scary, patients need to know their doctor understands how they feel so they can trust us to help them find their way.”
In an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, she explained how watching the videos can help clinicians learn to use specific words, such as “numbness” or “hollow,” that can help build a bond with patients.
Mental illnesses, including depression, affect one in four people in the U.S. and are the leading cause of disability. The majority of people who suffer from depression go untreated or receive inadequate treatment, often because they fail to recognize or understand the first signs of depression early in life.
Research Methodology Ensures Diverse Perspectives
The research methodology behind healthexperiencesusa.org was first developed at Oxford University. A similar initiative in the United Kingdom, healthtalk.org, now hosts more than 85 modules and received almost two million visits from the U.S. in 2015. It’s the first time those methods have been used in the U.S.