10 Depression Myths
Mental illness is finally coming out of the shadows of shame and fear. There’s a lot of ignorance about the illness so the fact that more people are talking about it is wonderful. The Huffington Post ran a great article about Depression Myths. I think everyone who suffers from Depression should print the Depression Myths and give them to friends and family. My mom would be first person to get one from me. In a nutshell here are the 10 Depression Myths.
- Depression and sadness are one and the same.
- It’s a sign of mental weakness.
- It’s always brought on by traumatic life events.
- It isn’t a real illness.
- It’s all in your head.
- Real men don’t get depressed.
- If your parents have it, you will, too.
- An antidepressant is all you need to feel better.
- You’ll need medication for the rest of your life.
- Talking about it only makes it worse.
Depressive Disorder can’t be cured by doing this.
This idiotic message was posted by Fast Lane Magazine for their article Top Five Anti-Depression Songs.
Oh is that all I had to do? Listen to five songs and I’d suddenly be cured? Ignore the world? Thanks for the prescription you yahoos.
Once again, another Depression Myth.
Depression feels more like this.
Those of us who suffer from depression and mental illness need to keep the global conversation alive. I don’t want to see the illness go back into the shadows and watch the stigma of depression come back into the light. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of. Those of us who suffer from it shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it and educate people who still believe the Depression Myths.
Stay well. Educate your friends and family about depression. Remember, you’re not alone.
As always, if you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255