4 Myths and Misconceptions about Depression

  1. Depression and sadness are the same.

Sadness is a feeling that everyone feels, they are relatively short periods of time when someone would feel “down”. Unlike depression, sadness tends to go away on its own, with the passage of time. People with depression also experience other emotions, such as emptiness, hopelessness, and anxiety.


  1. You will be medicated for the rest of your life.

Although antidepressants are usually used over a long period of time, it does not mean a person has to be medicated forever. There are several treatment options for depression, depending on the severity of the situation. Therapy is often recommended in parallel to antidepressants.


  1. Depression is a sign of weakness.

Depression and a person’s character have nothing to do with each other. Depression is a mental health condition that rises due to a chemical imbalance. One cannot choose to become depressed. The only reason it is viewed as a “weakness” is because of societal stigma.


  1. Depression is not real, it’s all in your head.

Depression is not a temporary period of sadness, it’s a mental illness. However, there are many varying degrees of depression and it is a multifaceted condition. There are biological, emotional, and environmental factors at play, and they take a physical toll on a person. Symptoms such as fatigue, aches, pains, and disrupted sleeping patterns are not just imagined by the person with depression.



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