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15 Facts About Depression No One Will Tell You

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Do you or someone you love suffer from depression? The World Health Organization estimates that more than 350 million people of all ages, all around the globe, suffer from depression. That would make depression one of the major causes of disability worldwide.

Most people who don’t suffer from depression think those who are depressed simply need to see a doctor, pop a pill, and they should be all right. However, if you are the one suffering from it, you know that is not the case. Others think that those with depression need to just “get over it” or “snap out of it”. If it were this simple, there would be no need for this article.

Feeling depressed in today’s modern world does not seem all that abnormal. Many people are forced into lives they don’t want, working at jobs they don’t like, to impress people they don’t care about, all so that they can fit into society’s idea of what is “right” and “normal.”

This why it is important to live the life you want, not what someone tells you is the right thing to do. Take time to do things you love. Take steps to change the things in your life that you aren’t happy with. Of course, some things cannot be changed, such as our age or our height. For things you cannot change, take steps to learn how to accept them.

There are many things you have probably already been told about depression. Your doctor or therapist has more than likely already discussed this with you. However, there are plenty of other things that people just don’t like to talk about when it comes to depression, almost as if depression is a dirty little secret.

There is nothing to hide about depression, no more than with cancer or the flu. It is what it is. Let’s talk about it, shall we?

 

1. Depression Is Exhausting

Everyone tells you to get up, get moving, go out, do things, and keep busy, but the fact is that depression is absolutely exhausting, both mentally and physically. That negative little voice in your head that is constantly nagging you about how you screw up everything, no one would like someone like you, you are worthless, etc., seems to zap all your energy. Trying to tell that voice to shut up is like trying to move a mountain. Depression seems to trigger insomnia, also, messing up your sleep pattern, so you constantly feel exhausted, because … you are!

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