Common depression myths
- Depression is not a sign of weakness
- Depression is not a lack of character or courage.
- Being depressed is not abnormal.
- Depressed people are not crazy.
- Mental depression is not the same as “feeling blue.” (quotes mine)
- Depression is not hopeless; feelings of hopelessness are a symptom of depression.
Signs of depression
- Sad appearance, slow motions, unkempt look
- Sad feelings, hopelessness, unhappy or down
- Negative thoughts
- Reduced activity, seen as laziness
- Reduced focus
- Hesitation to interact with others
- Low self-esteem/guilt
- Lack of or too much sleep
- Excessive weight gain or loss
- Low sexual interest
- Constant headaches or migraines
- Suicidal thoughts
- Self-inflicted marks or cuts on the skin
Questions for depression people:
- Do I really want to change?
- What benefits do I get from being depressed?
- What does it do for me?
- What payoffs would I get if I let go of my depression?
- If I were not depressed, what would I be doing?
Seek professional help if:
- There are suicidal thoughts
- Severe mood swings are experienced
- Talking things out with someone would help
- Things seems out of control and can’t be handled alone