10 Things You Should Know about Depression ...

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There are many things you should know about depression in order to better understand it to help yourself, or someone else in need.

For a disorder that's so prevalent in this world - one of the largest causes of disability in fact - it is still highly misunderstood.

I hope that these things you should know about depression can open up your mind to help you better understand this disease from which millions suffer.

1. Just Because You Can't See It Doesn't Mean It Doesn't Exist

One of the most important things you should know about depression is that it is a disease, and it is very real.

Those who struggle with depression should be treated with the same compassion that is offered to those suffering from any other "socially acceptable" illness.

Through brain scans experts have detected that the frontal lobes of those with depression display lower activity levels than those in non-depressed individuals.

So, even though you may not be able to detect it with the naked eye, it's existence should not be discredited.

2. Leads to Other Problems

Depression that is left untreated can increase the risk of developing other illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, respiratory problems and conditions of the nervous system.

Physical ailments that you already have can also be made worse.2

Something as seemingly simple as getting out of bed can be a difficult, and sometimes almost impossible feat, when you are depressed.

The assumption that depression only affects the mind is a huge misconception.

Though it begins in the mind, depression affects you as a whole - mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually.

3. Nobody is Immune

Whether you are rich, poor, introverted, extroverted, black, white, woman or man, depression does not discriminate.

You can have perfect hair and be the life of the party with a flock of friends and still be depressed.2

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.

There is no common denominator.

You Can't Just "Snap out of It"
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