Depression is a very real and treatable illness.
Understanding the facts about depression can save lives.
1. Depression Is More Than Ordinary Sadness
Sadness is a part of being human, a natural reaction to painful circumstances.
All of us will experience sadness at some point in our lives. Depression,
however, is a physical illness with many more symptoms than an unhappy mood.
The Difference Between Depression and Sadness
Screen Yourself for Depression Symptoms
2. Depression Doesn't Always Have a Reason
Sometimes people become depressed for what seems like a good reason - maybe they
lost their job or a close friend passed away - but with clinical depression
there doesn't necessarily have to be a reason for how you feel. Chemicals in the
brain which are responsible for mood control are out balance and you may feel
bad even though everything in your life is going well.
How Can You Be Depressed for No Reason?
3. Children Are Not Immune to Depression
A myth exists that says childhood is a joyful, carefree time in our lives. While
children don't experience the same problems that adults do, like work-related
stress or financial pressures, this doesn't mean that they can't become
depressed. Childhood brings its own unique set of stresses, such as bullying and
the struggle for peer acceptance.
4. Depression Is a Real Illness
You are not weak or crazy. Depression is a real illness which is caused by a
chemical imbalance within your brain.
What Causes Depression
5. Depression Is Treatable
You do not need to suffer if you have depression. There are several treatment
options available to you, including medications and psychotherapy.