There are lots of myths about depression that not only bring shame to people living with this serious mental health condition, but it prevents those who may need it most from getting the depression treatment they need. Here are just a few depression myths.
Myth: It just takes will power to get over depression.
Myth: Sleeping will make depression better.
Myth: If you feel better, it’s ok to stop taking your medicine.
Myth: Depression will go away on its own.
Myth: If someone attempts suicide they won’t attempt it again.
Myth: Everyone’s depression is the same.
Myth: Depression is always caused by something that happened.
Myth: Everyone with depression needs medication.
Myth: Alcohol helps to relieve depression.
Myth: Depression does not run in families.
Myth: There is only one way to treat depression.
Myth: If someone you know is depressed leave them alone and they will get over it.
Myth: It is easy for your doctor to tell if you are depressed
Myth: Counseling doesn’t help.
Myth: Diet and exercise have no impact on depression.
Myth: If you are depressed it will be obvious to others.
Myth: People can always tell if someone is suicidal.
Myth: There is a blood test to determine if someone has depression.
Sometimes people make assumptions about depression that keep them from getting help or helping others. Depression is not simple, or a one size fits all. Help us get the word out and debunk the myths about depression. (Get in-depth, trusted depression information here.)