29 Feb '12, 6am

Am I suffering from depression? Read on for some common myths and misconceptions of depression.

Despite being one of the most common mental disorders, depression is often misunderstood. These myths and misconceptions may contribute to the stigma attached to depression, discouraging those affected to talk about their symptoms or seek help and treatment. Here is a list of myths and commonly held misconceptions about depression, and the corresponding facts. MYTH: Depression is rare and will not happen to me. FACT: Depression can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, race or age. It affects 121 million people worldwide1 and is one of the most common mental health problems. The World Health Organization estimates that 5 – 10% of people may need help for depression at any time and as many as 8 – 20% of people carry the risk of developing depression during their lifetime2 . MYTH: Depression is about feeling sad. FACT: Depression is more than feeling sad. Persistent feelings ...

Full article: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/mentalhealth/article.aspx?id=10202

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