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15 Facts About Depression No One Will Tell You
2. Antidepressants Can Make Things Worse
Although antidepressants can be a lifesaver for some people, for others, they actually make depression worse. The journal Medical Hypothesis published a review which found that rates of depression are actually increasing, despite the use of pharmaceutical drugs. This indicates that antidepressants aren’t really solving anything for many people. If antidepressants do not seem to be helping you or if you feel worse, do not be afraid to talk to your doctor about getting off of them and finding alternatives.
3. Depression Does Not Mean You Are Weak Minded
Depression is not a choice, it is a disease. No one would ever dream of telling a cancer patient that they need to forget about it and “snap out of it.” Why do people feel that they can say this to people with depression? Depression is an illness that needs treatment. In fact, those who suffer from depression and fight to beat it are perhaps the strongest of them all. When faced with anything difficult, it is easy for people to just give up and say that they can’t do it or that they can’t do anything about it. Truly strong people fight, and keep fighting, no matter how tough the situation might be.
4. Depression Distorts Things
Unfortunately, when you are depressed, your brain can make you think that all sorts of things are going on, that people are saying or doing terrible things, or that situations are hopeless when that really isn’t the case. Depression is a malfunction of the brain, so it only makes sense that your thoughts are distorted as well. If you should feel suicidal or have thoughts about hurting yourself because of these distorted views, please call someone immediately to talk about it. You will probably see that you need a fresh pair of eyes to view the situation correctly.
5. Depression Will Make You Feel Guilty
Being depressed can make you feel terribly guilty, but it shouldn’t. When you can’t do things with your family, when you simply cannot attend a function or, some days, even get out of bed, don’t feel guilty about it. You wouldn’t expect someone with the flu to go ice skating, so why feel badly that you can’t do it either? Depression will cause you to feel unrealistically negative about yourself. Tell yourself that you are merely ill and that this, too, will pass.
6. Depression Can Leave You Feeling Crabby
Unfortunately, most people think that when you are depressed, you should go around crying all the time. This isn’t an accurate depiction. Many people experience persistent irritability. Don’t let someone tell you that you can’t be depressed if you are crabby most of the time.
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