Depression Misconception

What do Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Hawking, George Patton, Michelangelo and Winston Churchill all have in common? Not only were they some of the most successful people in history, but they also dealt with depression. There are countless stigmas and misconceptions about depression. Find out what is true and what is false, and begin helping yourself, or a loved one today.

  • It’s All In Your Head – One of the most common misconception about depression is that it is not a real medical diagnosis.
  • What Happened – Many believe something major or significant must have occurred in the sufferer’s life to cause the depression.
  • You’re Not Strong Enough – People think that if you’re strong enough, you can overcome it. The truth is most sufferers would give just about anything to be able to get over it.
  • Keep It To Yourself – Friends and family of those who have depression often avoid any discussion surrounding these issues in hopes that they will resolve on their own.
  • Don’t Use Antidepressants – Depression usually doesn’t resolve on its own. Contrary to what some people believe, antidepressants do not change your personality.

Depression does not discriminate. You do not decide to become depressed. The only reason depression is viewed as a weakness is that society has stigmatized the condition. Depression is a biological and psychological condition that has nothing to do with how strong you are. Don’t be shy to seek help.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. doctorspen says:

    Great post! 👍

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Perhaps the last sentence is true for some, but not all. Antidepressants have dampened my creativity and as I back away from them, my true creative self has once again begun to emerge.

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    1. Medications are temporary. You need to look within to find out the root cause and heal.

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  3. I agree, people should not feel embarrassed by this and should seek help. Thanks for spreading the word.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you. I am glad the post resonated with you.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. R.A. Ries says:

    Great read and very relatable.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you. I am glad you liked it.


  5. Nameless says:

    couldn’t be more true

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Depression is oftentimes overlooked due to its subtlety.


      1. Nameless says:

        yes and the stigma associated with it

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      2. Indeed, I hope in future people are not hesitant to seek help.


      3. Nameless says:

        it’s tough, I have full empathy, as I too am battling it without support

        Liked by 1 person

      4. You are brave. Thank you for sharing that with us.


  6. ladyinthemountains says:

    Reblogged this on My Rants, Dreams, and Thoughts on Everything.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for the reblog.


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