Depression is a mental illness and many people suffer from this devastating affliction each year. There is a lot of misinformation out there about it. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together some of the most common misconceptions about depression.

Number One: Depression is a Sign of Weakness

Beliefs and stereotypes like this are the reason why so many sufferers of this mental issue are afraid to seek help. It is not a choice to develop depression, and it often happens despite people handling things the right way.

Number Two: You Will Be Depressed if Your Parents Were Depressed

Genetic disposition does increase risk, however it is not as common as most people think. You are only at a 10 to 15% risk of developing this due to genetics.

Number Three: It is All in Your Head

Depression is a serious mental condition, and it is not a case of “mind over matter.” People with this illness often have differing chemical structures in their brains that make functioning more difficult.

Number Four: Real Men Don’t Suffer From It

Although women are twice as likely to develop this condition than men, it doesn’t mean men don’t have it too. Middle-aged white males have the highest number of suicide rates and this can often be traced back to this disorder.

Number Five: The Mental Illness is Always Brought About by Trauma

Although it can be, and often is, a result of specific occurrences in life, there are times when it comes on for apparently no reason. Depression brought on by specific life events usually fades with time, while diagnosed depression is a bit more permanent.

Number Six: You Will Need Medication Forever

Some people believe that choosing to go on an antidepressant means you are signing up for life or developing a dependency. This is not true, however. Medication is often needed only as a temporary coping mechanism.

Number Seven: Depression And Sadness Are the Same

Although sadness is the best-known symptom of depression, they are not the same thing. Sadness is fleeting and usually temporary while depression is a more serious, chronic condition that lasts a long time. Sadness is one of the many negative emotions depressed people experience.

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