Common Misconceptions About Depression

Justin Dodd, ready to debunk mental illness myths.
Justin Dodd, ready to debunk mental illness myths.
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Contrary to what so many stock photos seem to indicate, depression doesn’t always cause you to stare gloomily out a rainy window or sit in an empty corner with your head in your hands. It’s also not “all in your head” in a way that you can simply snap out of, though it does technically exist in your brain.

In short, there are a lot of misconceptions about depression—and on this episode of Misconceptions, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is debunking some of the most prevalent ones. Speaking of prevalence: The condition itself is quite a bit more common than you may think. According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people suffer from depression. And while antidepressants aren’t exactly a cure, they can definitely alleviate its symptoms (without altering your personality or curbing your creativity).

Stigmas surrounding mental illness are heavily based on a lack of understanding, so we’re hoping this video can help break down inaccuracies and encourage acceptance. Press play below to learn more.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Common Misconceptions About Flying

He's harmless.
He's harmless.
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Barreling through the skies in a giant metal canister definitely has the power to take your breath away—whether it’s from wonder or paralyzing fear.

If the experience always has you clutching the arm of the stranger in the aisle seat beside you, this episode of Misconceptions might alleviate at least a little anxiety. Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is nosediving into all things flight-related and debunking several widespread myths about the (very safe) mode of travel.

For one: As irksome as turbulence can be for anyone trying to nap their way into a new time zone, it rarely means the plane is in danger; it’s a little like driving a car on a patchy cobblestone street. And while airplane bathrooms are far from cozy, those terrifying toilets aren’t quite powerful enough to suck your intestines right out of your body. (That said, freak accidents have been known to occur.)

Fasten your seatbelts and press play below for a crash course on flight.

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