Common Misconceptions About Depression

Justin Dodd, ready to debunk mental illness myths.
Justin Dodd, ready to debunk mental illness myths. / Mental Floss, YouTube

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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