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  • Writer's pictureRenata Webster


Despite its prevalence, there is still much misunderstanding around depression that often prevents individuals from seeking help or receiving appropriate treatment.

Here are some of the biggest misconceptions about depression:

  1. Depression is just feeling sad: While sadness can be a symptom of depression, it is not the same thing as depression. Depression is a complex illness that involves a range of physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms.

  2. Depression is a sign of weakness: Depression is not a weakness or a personal failing. It is a medical condition that can affect anyone, regardless of strength or character.

  3. Depression can be cured by positive thinking: While positive thinking and self-care can help manage depression symptoms, they are not a cure. Depression is a medical condition that requires professional treatment, such as therapy or medication.

  4. Depression is always caused by a traumatic event: While traumatic events can trigger depression, it can also develop from a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors.

  5. Depression is just a phase: Depression is not a temporary condition that can be brushed off or ignored. It is a chronic illness that requires ongoing management and treatment.

  6. Antidepressants are addictive: Antidepressants are not addictive, although some individuals may experience withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication. However, the benefits of medication often outweigh the risks of withdrawal.

It's important to understand that depression is a serious illness requiring professional treatment.

By recognising and debunking these misconceptions, we can help reduce the stigma surrounding depression and encourage more people to seek the help they need.

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