Nonetheless, it is likely that the primary care physician will continue to be responsible for the majority of depressed patients. Having personally spent years exploring ways to educate primary care physicians in the management of depressed patients, I know it is not a simple matter. Part of the problem, I believe, lies in the fact that most people either think that being depressed is a sign of personal weakness or attach significant stigma to depression as a mental malady. Primary care physicians may be no exception; in order for them to be free to recognize, accept, and deal with depression in their patients, they must also be able to do so in themselves and their families as well. What is clearly needed is a new way to view depression, one that distinguishes between nonpathological depression and those elements of the depressive experience which truly constitute "the illness," one that encourages depressed patients to reach out for help and their physicians to be ready and eager to give it.