Depression affects nearly 15 million American adults nationwide, yet it may be one of the most misunderstood disorders. A number of myths exist about depression that cause victims, doctors and even friends and family members to misdiagnosis and mistreat the chronic condition.
For example, many people believe depression only affects a person’s head. However, depression goes beyond sadness. Sufferers often cope with many ailments including fatigue, insomnia, extreme changes in appetite and muscle aches. They may also feel irritable, anxiety, restlessness, anger and have thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression is also thought to be a sign of weakness, but people don’t choose to become depressed. Instead, they develop the condition because of biological, sociological and psychological reason. Many times these are out of their control.
Finally, remember that anyone can become depressed. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a man or woman or a child, teenager or an adult. If you know someone who is suffering from depression, reach out to them immediately and call a professional for advice.