9 Myths about Depression ...

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Despite the fact that more and more awareness is being created about depression, many common myths still prevail.2

Kristin, our wonderful guest contributor clarifies some of these myths in her post and we can't thank her enough!

May is National Mental Health Month in the U.S.

Depression is the common name to describe a range of mood disorders.

There are many stereotypes and downright lies about depression and the people who suffer from it.

Here are a few common myths about depression.

1. You Are the Only One Who Feels This Way

Sometimes you feel like nobody understands what you're going through.

But depression is actually one of the most common mental illnesses in America.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 20 million Americans over the age of 18 have mood disorders.

That’s 9.5 percent of the population!

2. Depression Isn’t a ‘real’ Disease

Almost everyone has ridden the hormonal roller coaster from time to time and experienced a bad day or two.

But depression is more than a blue mood.

It is a medical condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.

Feeling sad and down for several weeks at a time may be a sign of depression.

You should seek medical help if you are having intense feelings of sadness, especially if they involve hurting yourself or others.

There is no blood test that can conclusively prove that you have depression, but your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms.

Sometimes other medical conditions can have the same signs as depression, and your doctor will rule those out.

It is important to be honest with your doctor and tell him or her how long you've been feeling this way.

Keeping a journal of your moods can be helpful, as well as therapeutic.

3. You Can ‘think’ Yourself out of Depression

Depression will not go away on its own.

You can not «snap out of it.» This is something people do not always understand.

In the same way you cannot make your cold go away, you cannot just get rid of depression.

It is also important to treat depression, because it can increase your risk for other diseases like heart attack and diabetes.

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