KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Recently, in an effort to help dispel myths about clinical depression, our own Gary Shannon publicly shared his battle with it.

He was later contacted by KPLC-TV 7 and asked if he would continue to share that story. Britney Glazer interviewed him in our studios, and her story premiered last night on 7 News Nightcast. You can watch it above.

Gary makes the very best point -- especially now in a season where depression can sink it's claws in some people. If you reach a point where depression is overtaking your life, where you can't function or you just stop being yourself, talk to someone. Call your doctor. A lot of different things can cause depression -- sometimes it's situational, and sometimes it's a medical problem. Either way, take care of yourself, because you are absolutely worth it.