7 Dangerous Misconceptions About Depression

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Myth: Depressed People Can Snap Out of It

Truth: “I saw a comic about how we react to someone differently when they’re depressed and when they have something like the flu,” says Goldfine. “With the flu, people say, ‘Stay home, take medicine,’ but with depression, some people say to just snap out of it.” There’s this pervasive idea that someone can be happy or feel better if they try hard enough, but it’s way more complicated than that. While things like exercise can potentially change a depressed person’s mood for a bit, there’s no one-size-fits-all easy fix that every depressed person can try for instant results, says Goldfine.

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