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Myths and Facts About Depression

  • MYTHS
  • Most people with depression seek professional help.
  • Depression is not that common.
  • Depression is a purely psychological illness.
  • For people with depression, there are not many treatment options available.
  • Men don't get depression.
  • Depression only affects mood.
  • FACTS
  • When you are depressed, your mind can play tricks on you. If you have thoughts of suicide, please call someone immediately.
  • It's very hard to think of other people when you're depressed and sad, and all you can think about is your own pain.
  • There is a saying in psychotherapy, "No pills without skills." If you are taking medication you should also be getting therapy.
  • Persistent irritability can be a symptom of depression.
  • At the same time, being in continual discomfort can cause you to become depressed.
  • Alcohol is a depressant. So are marijuana and a host of other recreational or street drugs.
  • People don't choose to be depressed, but they do make a choice about how to deal with it.
  • Exercise is the easiest and least expensive cure for depression.

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