Depression Myths & Truths

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1   Depression is a normal part of life.


Explanation:
Although it's normal to feel sad or experience "the blues" in response to certain life events, such as the death of a loved one, clinical depression is a medical condition that persists for weeks, months or even years and is not a normal reaction to life events. To find out if you are experiencing the blues or real depression, click here.

1   Eventually, depression will go away by itself.


Explanation:
For some people, depression might go away without intervention, but that's not the case for most people who suffer from depression. There is no way of knowing how long depression might last, and it can greatly increase your risk of other complications if left untreated. There are several types of treatment that can quickly and effectively decrease the severity of depression.

1   It's normal for people to become depressed as they get older.


Explanation:
Depression is not a natural part of aging. While you may think that the risk of developing depression increases with age, that's not always the case. In fact, studies show that the elderly are more likely to be happy and content with their lives than their younger counterparts. Depression can occur at any age (even in children), but it is most common in people between the ages of 24 and 44.

1   Depression is life-threatening.


Explanation:
Left untreated, depression can last for weeks, months or even years and increase the risk of other health problems and even death. Untreated depression can lead to the following:

- A weakened immune system, resulting in more and longer-lasting illnesses
- Insomnia, which leads to fatigue, reduced mental clarity, and trouble concentrating
- A higher risk of death in the event of a heart attack or stroke
- Alcohol and drug use, abuse, and dependence
- Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts

1   Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.


Explanation:
The causes of depression are complex and overlapping. In fact, one true cause is not known. Low serotonin levels are a symptom of depression, but there is no proof that low levels of serotonin actually cause depression. Click here to learn more about the possible causes of depression.

1   Antidepressants are the most effective treatment for depression.


Explanation:
There are many effective treatments for depression, and antidepressant medications are just one of them. Because depression is so different among individuals, the methods used to treat depression also vary in effectiveness from person to person. For example, some studies show that exercise is just as effective as antidepressants in treating depression in some cases. For other people, talk therapy alone is enough to put depression at bay. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment plan for you, based on your symptoms.

1   When a depressed person talks about committing suicide, he probably won't act on it.


Explanation:
Suicide is a serious risk that many people with depression think about and attempt. Research shows that a person will usually vocalize or communicate his suicidal intentions before attempting it, so it should always be taken seriously. Another related myth is that talking about suicide or depression with someone will make them want to do it. This is also false. If someone mentions (or harbors) suicidal ideas, talk with him sympathetically and tactfully. Give the person an opportunity to express his ideas and feelings clearly and to receive appropriate care. In most cases, this prevents suicide. The National Suicide Prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255) also offers help.

1   Depression can occur when other areas of your life are going well.


Explanation:
People can experience depression even when life is going well. While depression can be triggered by unfortunate life events, that is not always the case.

1   A person without health insurance can't afford to get treatment for depression.


Explanation:
Even if you don't have insurance or a primary care doctor, there are plenty of professionals who can help you find low-cost or free resources. Try visiting a: Community mental health center University-affiliated health center Employee assistance program Faith-based clinic or clergy Family & social service agency or social worker Free health clinic

1   People with depression lack will power and can snap out of it.


Explanation:
Remember that depression is a real medical condition and says nothing about your character or value as a person. It is not the result of weakness or a defective personality. Many people are reluctant to talk about their difficulties or seek treatment out of embarrassment or shame, but there is nothing to be ashamed about. Medical professionals should not be judgmental about the problems you are experiencing. Learn how to get help for depression.


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LASHLEY436

10/21/2014 4:54:19 PM

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I got 9/10. I have lived with depression most of my life. For many years it went untreated then finally counseling began and along with medications it helped. I suffer from a chemical imbalance and servere anxiety depression disorder. It does not have to be life cripalling though. You can live through it especially if you take it one day at a time and don't set unrealistic goals for yourself. Keep it simple is what has worked for me.

RACHELSUSANNAH

7/30/2014 5:09:20 PM

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9/10. The chemical imbalance question threw me, but it IS one of the causal factors, as are imbalances in other neurotransmitters. I'll be honest when I say I find some of the questions to be oversimplified, such as the one about health insurance. Our social services system is so overburdened, that there are many who have depression and no resources to treat it. Nevertheless, I am glad there is a quiz that addresses this issue- and that suicide was mentioned.

PEAR-170

7/6/2014 1:40:16 AM

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Got 10/10 correct

VALERYBROOKE

7/1/2014 9:39:19 AM

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9/10

KEN_LETIZIA

6/11/2014 8:04:36 PM

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There is no conclusive proof that can show, at this time, that Serotonin levels and other chemical imbalances within the brain are the root cause of depression. However, it is my belief that a chemical imbalance must indeed be responsible for depressive states. A person who functions "normally" is not usually found to be in need of an antidepressant. In fact, since many individual who function "normally" do not see a psychologist. There is no reason. As a person who has suffered from depression, I can tell you that my chemical imbalance is indeed the root to my depressive issues, in conjunction with life's challenging moments, and a lack of ability to better handle the world at large. Through medication I have been able to function and succeed in my field. I also find the difficult times of life, more evaluative and functional.

KARYNLYNN17

5/21/2014 11:47:06 AM

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Last month we had a family member who posted on FaceBook "We are born, we live and we die. I think the best of these must be death." She had been at my house the night before ranting and crying about her children. The dayof the post she would not talk to anyone and we didn't know she was okay until that evening. She claimed she had been to the doctors, but she was out of control for a week. She doesn't remember coming to our house, but claims I overeacted. She says she's never been suicidal and doesn't see how that statement made me believe that. (it wasn't the only reference to death she made). I now know how to report such behavior to begin a mental health arres processt. Her and I have established ground rules with a clear, loving understanding of what I will consider triggers for concern, She also listened to my boundaries that I need to protect me. My biggest concern is that she will hide from me the next time. Through all of this it became obvious that a lot of people have confusing knowledge of the facts about depression.

CYN5200

5/21/2014 10:03:47 AM

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I was diagnosed with clinical depression 26 years ago, but I only got 7/10. I guess there were some things I needed to learn.

SUMMARAH

4/23/2014 11:35:23 PM

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9/10

UMPIREDOMINATOR

4/18/2014 10:34:08 AM

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10/10 with some clinical knowlege since I am police and have taken Crisis Intervention courses. Great to have..

KELLEY1013591

3/12/2014 1:46:36 PM

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8/10 -- I suffer from long term major depression and take medication. I know I will be on these meds for the rest of my life and that is okay. They work in lifting the fog.

JAZZYGF

3/7/2014 11:50:10 AM

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10 for me
I am no expert but suffer depression medicine and a therapist help

KATHYDAFFY70

2/13/2014 3:58:53 PM

8/10 and I've had depression for 30 years... guess there's more to learn!

RESTART24

2/9/2014 3:38:19 PM

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8\10 I battle depression so I should have known all the answers lol

DELLMEL

1/24/2014 2:13:03 PM

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8/10

DELLMEL

1/24/2014 2:12:39 PM

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8/10

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