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Clinical depression is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair. Some characters on Heroes either suffer from, or are rumored to suffer from depression.
Nathan Petrelli holds a press conference in order to gain positive publicity for his campaign. During the conference, he reveals that his father suffered from depression, and that it was the cause of his death. He also alienates Peter by claiming that Peter followed in his father's footsteps and attempted a depression-related suicide.
Oliver Dennison sits on the veranda of the Petrellis' home, interviewing Nathan and his family for the New York Journal. Dennison pointedly asks the congressional candidate about being spotted with a blonde woman in Las Vegas, and his subsequent disappearance. Thinking quickly, Peter lies to the reporter and tells him that Nathan was meeting with a depression expert on Peter's behalf.
In present day, Hiro is depressed as he returns to the diner where Ando greets him, telling him that despite traveling through time he wasn't able to save Charlie. Ando suggests he try again, but Hiro tells him that his power is bigger than he is and that he can't change the past. He tells Ando he has failed and places an origami crane at the makeshift memorial for Charlie.
- According to Maury Parkman's Assignment Tracker 2.0 profile, Maury's mother Edith suffered from what would now be clearly diagnosed as post-partum depression.
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