Depression is a common mental illness, especially among college students. Around 44% of college students experience symptoms of depression at some point during their college time. However, there are also many misconceptions about depression that make it seem like having depression makes you a bad person or that you’ll never succeed in college.
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Myth #1: Depression means that you’re just feeling down or sad- it’s not a big deal.
Truth: There’s a big difference between clinical depression and feeling sad AND clinical depression is a real and serious illness that greatly affects a person’s life. Depression can last from two weeks to several years, and in any form is a serious mental illness that needs treatment. For college students, depression may result in withdrawing from important friends or activities, having difficulty completing school work, and taking dangerous risks.
Myth #2: Depression is something you are stuck with and you can’t treat it.
Truth: It is possible to get effective help for clinical depression. You can seek out a range of possibilities, including therapy or medication.
Myth #3: Depressed people are lazy- they just need to pull themselves together and stop being depressed.
Truth: People who are clinically depressed can’t “snap out of it” anymore than someone with a medical illness can. There are some biological components to depression, such as an imbalance of certain brain chemicals. Without effective treatment, it would nearly impossible for someone to stop being depressed.
Myth #4: Only girls get depression.
Truth: Though women are more likely to admit to feeling depressed, there are many men who likely also have clinical depression. Sometimes it can be harder for men to talk about feelings and experiences that go along with clinical depression
Myth #5: The best treatment for depression is antidepressant medication.
Truth: Antidepressants are one form of effect treatment for clinical depression. For college students, a combination of antidepressants and therapy, or counseling, is likely to be most helpful. There are several types of therapy that have shown to be effective for treating depression.