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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature Academy Award Nominee Lorraine Bracco
Date:5/6/2010

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award-nominated actress Lorraine Bracco will appear on May's episode of Sharing Miracles -- a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients. Sharing Miracles airs on more than 300 television stations nationwide.

Bracco, best known for her gritty portrayal of mob wife Karen Hill in the critically acclaimed film Goodfellas and psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's long-running television program The Sopranos, appears on Sharing Miracles to discuss her personal experience overcoming clinical depression.

Speaking on this month's episode, Bracco explains how the stigma associated with mental illness initially prevented her from seeking medical treatment. "I was probably depressed for about a year before I was finally diagnosed. I was doing yoga, eating well, exercising, doing everything I could to be strong," Bracco explains. "But I was in denial, until one day I just couldn't take it anymore, and finally listened to a friend who told me to seek help."

She adds, "I sometimes think we should call mental illness a toothache or a broken leg because people would immediately get those things taken care of."

Bracco's diagnosis and subsequent treatment coincided with the beginning of the hit show The Sopranos, in which she played Tony Soprano's psychiatrist. She speaks about the effect that her character had on public perceptions of depression and therapy: "A lot of people could relate to Tony Soprano, so they felt that if this big, burly, masculine guy went to see a psychiatrist, it
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