Schatzie Brunner spent nearly 10 years at CNN producing features and programs, as the Talent Coordinator for Larry King Live and the entire CNN Network as well as a CNN News Anchor. She navigated this high-powered, high-profile career all during some of the worst years of a debilitating depression that has claimed her life for decades.
Known as Barbara Brunner on the air at CNN, Schatzie played out what most people with depression know and what she hopes to teach the rest of us, that The Face of Depression is not what you may expect.
Those with depression become expert actors in all parts of their lives.
It’s less risky to hide depression than to talk about it or admit you have it.
Schatzie moved on from CNN to become a sought-after communication and media consultant, using her expert “presentation” skills to teach executives to Say It So They Listen, the name of her first book. During her consulting years she kept flexible hours for the times she hit bottom and needed to spend days in her home, closed off and struggling to recover.
Her story of living in two worlds—being “on stage” publicly while suffering privately
—is a reality those with diagnosed and undiagnosed depression know all too well.
Throughout her life Schatzie was medicated for severe depression. It was only in the last few years that she found a way to overcome the symptoms and lessen many impacts of the disease through Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). She now speaks to national and international audiences of mental-health professionals, working closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI – nami.org) as well as Neurostar TMS Therapy (www.neurostar.com).
In her new book, The Face Of Depression, she shares her story of hope and healing so that others can also move past the hard grip of depression to a liberated life. She is available to speak to your group.