Welcome to Neðan Fjöru: Below Tides, a new dance project speaking out about depression, a disability that affects 1 in 10 American adults, and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
Our mission with this film is to emotionally engage and inspire viewers to speak out about depression. Too often, this disability goes untreated, for a lack of understanding or for fear of being stigmatized. Depression is not simple. It's not just sadness, it's not suicide, it's not the pre-packaged image of the troubled teen. So often, friends and family are surprised to discover that the "the happiest person" they know, among many others, suffers from depression.
In the words of writer Andrew Solomon, "the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality and life." More accurately described, depression is a fundamental change in the brain's chemistry that affects your mood, sleeping habits, appetite, and concentration. It's a dulling of the senses that inhibits your ability to live life to the fullest.
It's often triggered by a traumatic life event. A major life transition. The death of a friend. A family member. The loss of a first love. Losing a job. Stress. Some people are born with a genetic predisposition. Either way, it's a disease that can potentially affect you lifelong. But it doesn't mean that you'll suffer forever, or that you're headed for suicidal, or that there's no hope. It means you have a disease, like other diseases, that needs to be treated.
The first step in getting better is also the hardest: say something. With our film, we want to encourage others to speak out, and take the first step towards changing their lives for the better.