Heather, 17, UK.
I use this blog to help me as I recover from anxiety, depression and self harm issues. Hopefully I can help others too. I'm always here for a chat/advice/rant/anything you need.
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Any advice I give should not be taken as the words of an expert or doctor.
Depression is about feeling sad: Depression is more than just feeling sad. Persistant sadness is one of many symptoms that make up depression, others including feelings of worthlessness, changes in appetite, quality of sleep and behaviour, such as not enjoying activities you used to enjoy. For people experiencing depression, these symptoms persist for more than two weeks.
Depression is temporary and will go away by itself: Depression is a medical condition and people suffering it require treatment and support. In fact, if left untreated symptoms will likely get worse.
Antidepressants will always cure depression: Medication isn’t often helpful in mild to moderate depression and sometimes not even for severe depression. It can take a long time to find an antidepressant that works for you. CBT and other kinds of therapy are often prescribed for depression.
You can just ‘snap out of it’: Depression is a serious health condition, not something someone chooses to have. It can’t be cured just by a change in attitude and some positive thinking, it requires help and support to overcome.
Only women get depression: While it’s accepted that more women than men will suffer from depression, it is not true at all that men can’t get depression.