What I know about….

Depression.

I have suffered from this illness for most of my life.  More than 20+ years.  I wasn’t truly diagnosed until the last 4 years.

It is genetic to some degree.

It’s more than just being sad for a week or 2.

It can be mild, moderate, or severe.

In serious cases, it is diagnosed as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

It has been proven it is caused by a lack of certain chemicals in the brain.

It is an invisible disease.  YES, a disease.  There is truly no cure.

No one chooses to be depressed.

Medicine can make a huge difference in helping.  Only if the medicine or combination of medicine helps the person cope and function.  It may take more than one medicine or more than one combination to work.

If severe over a long period of time, it can lead to suicidal thoughts (even with medication).

There is a huge stigma associated with depression like it’s a weakness.

You can not just pull yourself out of it!

Things people shouldn’t say to a depressed person: think about being happy, think positive thoughts, get over it, pull yourself up by your boot straps, life’s not fair, people have it worse than you, exercise, eat better, ride a bike, and there are many more….

There is a lot more I have learned over the years, but these things seem most important to me.

I want people to talk about their illness to help erase the stigma of depression and medicine to help deal with it.

 

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