Meet Our Top 10

Top Ten Social HealthMakers: Depression

These experts and patient advocates share depression advice and experiences. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, treatments and prevention of depression.

1 / 11 Meet Our Top 10

These experts and patient advocates share their depression advice and experiences, helping sufferers learn more about the signs, symptoms, treatments and prevention of depression.

Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD

2 / 11 Julie de Azevedo Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW has over 20 years in the mental health field, providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with complex mental health and relationship problems. She provides answers to visitor questions on, hosts the "You and Yours" podcast, and blogs on her own site.


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Natasha Tracy

3 / 11 Natasha Tracy

Natasha Tracy writes the award-winning Breaking Bipolar blog on, and also hosts the Bipolar Burble blog. Natasha has been diagnosed with ultra rapid cycling bipolar disorder type 2, and writes primarily about mental health, bipolar disorder, depression and treatment-resistant depression.

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Bipolar Burble

Therese J. Borchard

4 / 11 Therese J. Borchard

Therese J. Borchard is Associate Editor at Psych Central, contributing regularly to the World of Psychology blog. She also writes the daily blog "Beyond Blue" on, and is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist.
Chato B. Stewart

5 / 11 Chato B. Stewart

Chato Stewart is a mental health advocate, board-certified Recovery Peer Specialist and artist behind the cartoons seen on the Mental Health Humor blog -- drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder. His mission is to use humor as a positive tool to cope with the debilitating effects of mental illness.


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Mental Health Humor

Nancy Schimelpfening

6 / 11 Nancy Schimelpfening

Nancy Schimelpfening has been the About Guide to Depression since 1998, and has earned a master's degree in community health education. She has a lifetime of experience with depression, experiencing firsthand how devastating this illness can be and how the correct medical intervention can turn mere existence into living. - Depression

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA

7 / 11 Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA

Daniel J. Tomasulo is a licensed psychologist specializing in group psychotherapy and psychodrama, blogger for Psychology Today and provides answers to visitor questions on His latest book, Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir, is the 2009 Written Art Award winner in creative non-fiction.


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Psychology Today

Marcia Purse

8 / 11 Marcia Purse

Marcia Purse serves as the Bipolar Disorder Guide for -- Bipolar Disorder, having worked on the website since it started in 1998. Marcia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than 10 years ago, and knows firsthand the difficulties of living with the illness and finding the right treatment. - Bipolar Disorder

Rick Nauert, PhD

9 / 11 Rick Nauert, PhD

Rick Nauert is the Senior News Editor at, and has more than 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. Dr. Nauert earned his doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin in health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy.


Psych Central

Jack Smith

10 / 11 Jack Smith

Jack Smith has been recognized as one of the top health bloggers, authoring the "Coping with Depression" blog on, and also hosting the "One Man's War on Depression" blog. He was diagnosed with major depressive disorder about seven years ago, and writes as a way to cope, relate and connect with others struggling with depression.


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One Man's War on Depression

Michael Friedman, LMSW

11 / 11 Michael Friedman, LMSW

Michael Friedman has worked in the field of mental health for over 40 years, having served on numerous advocacy and public advisory groups including the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance (which he founded in 2004), and the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC (which he co-founded in 2009). He currently teaches at the School of Social Work and the School of Public Health at Columbia University.