Depression: 6 facts about the disease that will dispel the myths you believe in

Do you think depression is no big deal? We warn you it's very serious and we'll tell you why.


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45 Comments
Dav John
I knew they were all wrong before I saw them.
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Nov 16, 2016 9:28PM
Roy Record
Depression can be a life long struggle, and may require years oh medication and therapy. Denying it or trying to hide from it only makes matters worse. Seeking help is not weakness, nor is it easy, but it does offer hope.
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Nov 16, 2016 9:42PM
williamrlaughlin
David John Of course you did. We all did. You're stating the obvious. Wasn't that the point of this whole piece? They said they would give us facts that would dispel myths about depression. Being a widely held, but false belief or idea, ie a myth, is what makes something wrong.
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Nov 16, 2016 10:39PM
Bryon Grosz
Bryon Grosz
Clearly depression isn't the same as laziness. If it was, I would have been depressed for 41 consecutive years and getting more so each year.
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Nov 16, 2016 10:52PM
Nina Kamwene
Nina Kamwene
So informational! Everything including medicine should be used to combat this disease. I sold drugs for this medical condition. No shame or guilt.
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Nov 16, 2016 11:13PM
Nicole Toma-Tolman
Lol
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Nov 16, 2016 11:47PM
Julia Rose
You should work behavior health inside a prison. You can close the state hospitals they will end up in the prison system. And guess what? Still just as costly to the state system, maybe more due to special housing. Dav don't worry about William, there are so many of them in the world and they are called AH.
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Nov 17, 2016 3:01AM
Peter R Wolf
Peter R Wolf
Been battling from birth. Managed to somehow survive 67 years . Harder as one ages. Good luck to all .
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Nov 17, 2016 3:13AM
williamrlaughlin
Julia Rose I see we have another passive-aggressive coward who will talk ABOUT people behind their backs, but is not adult enough and lacks the courage to direct their criticisms TO the person in question; namely me! Oh, and by the way, your use of cutesy abbreviations, in a vain attempt to cover your low-brow vulgarity, doesn't pass muster either. We all know what you mean, so quit hiding behind abbreviations, be an adult, and just say what you mean. Use your words. The abbreviation does not sanitize your intent and is as vulgar as using the actual words. It lowers you into the gutter and belies your attempt to appear superior to me. I'd say you are quite a piece of work, but none of it good.
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Nov 17, 2016 5:55AM
williamrlaughlin
Peter R Wolf Good luck to you and congratulations so far. You are a success story.
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Nov 17, 2016 6:02AM
Yolanda Solis
Have battled this disease for 50 years!After years of treatment I lead a good life the majority of the time!
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Nov 17, 2016 8:21AM
mblado
If ANY ONE had my life, they would either be in a mental hospital or committed suicide. I am existing like a plant. I don't have any money to do any thing or to go any where. I have no friends to speak of, or family that cares, and a former boy friend that is stlking me, and NO ONE BELEIVES ME, not even the police!!! If that does'nt make any one depressed, I don't know. I literaly walk around in a fog, saying to myself, why me. I am living in a HELL.!!!!!!
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Nov 17, 2016 5:16PM
williamrlaughlin
Marialina Blado I read your comment and what I heard is a scream for help. I am not a psychologist or licensed psychiatric expert of any sort, but since you opened the door, I will offer my two cents. You can take it or leave it, it's your choice, your life, but here's what I think. I hope it helps you. What I hear is someone who says their problems are so enormous that no one else could possibly have survived them, but you have. To me that says you have strength. Use it. Only you can fix your problems. First, you say you have a boyfriend who hits you. Dump him. The police won't tell you that, but you should. Any woman who allows herself to be abused is playing the victim. No one should have to take abuse from anyone, EVER! DUMP HIM. A man who strikes his woman has no respect for her and if that's true, you have no need for him. Toss out the things in your life that weigh you down, him included. It's easier to move forward when you're not dragging excess weight. He is dead weight. DUMP HIM! You say you have no money. Are you able to work? If yes, do you have a job? If no, get one. If you work and money is still an issue, consult social services. Help is out there. You say you have no friends. Make some. Join a club, church group, etc. Do something that allows personal interaction. Volunteer. Friends will come because you will meet others with common interests. You walk around in a fog asking "Why me?" Stop it! That is a victim's mentality. No one said life was fair. It's not. If it were, we'd all be young, beautiful, rich, and healthy. Stop playing the victim. Count your blessings. What is good about you and your life? There are probably more things on that list than you think. First, you're alive, you have a roof over your head, and you have your wits about you. I'm sure there are other things good about you. Help yourself. It won't necessarily be easy, so take baby steps, but even toddlers can walk across a room, no matter how slowly, they get there. It is the same with your life. It's time to take control of your life, step by baby step and stop complaining. Complaining changes nothing and breeds negativity. That's toxic. YOU must be the instrument of change in your life. If you do nothing to bring about change in your life, then nothing will change. It's all up to you. If your life is a living hell, then change the things that make it so. Issue by issue, unburden yourself of the negativity. Only you can free yourself. Do not label yourself negatively and then live up to that label. Be your authentic self. Believe in yourself, the survivor. Be someone who deserves better and go out and get it. A quiz site is not the best place to seek answers to personal problems. I suggest you look for more than just my advice concerning your troubles. Better you should seek professional help to improve your life. Good luck!
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Nov 17, 2016 9:30PM
Margie Lewis
Good article!
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Nov 18, 2016 4:12PM
Dennis Myers
Well, that was depressing!!
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Nov 20, 2016 9:20PM

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