The Invisibles: In Grief and Depression, Seeking a Path Forward

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Videography by Mashuir Rahaman and Whitney Bryen. Production by Whitney Bryen.

Thousands of Oklahomans suffer from depression, sometimes to a debilitating degree. The problem is especially common and invisible among aging residents.

Victor Guillermo, 62, of Oklahoma City, an Air Force veteran, has struggled daily with depression since his wife of 23 years, Denise, died in 2011. “I have seen many clinical psychologists, grief counselors, social workers and psychiatrists for my off-and-on depression and anxieties in the past seven years,” Guillermo said. He seeks solace in sports, his faith and his church.

“The Invisibles,” Oklahoma Watch profiles individuals whose quiet struggles in life reflect some of the larger issues facing the state. The series is made possible by a sponsorship from the Chickasaw Nation.