Misconceptions about DepressionSome of the common misconceptions about depression are that it is a mental weakness or how depression is always brought on by traumatic experiences. Some people even go to the extent of saying that it is all in your head and talking about it will not help you at all. But all of these are just misconceptions about depression. Because of these misconceptions, the people who have depression find it hard to get help and have to suffer in silence because no one really knows what they are going through.Here are some of the facts from mentalhealthamerica.com, that depression is a real condition that is no different than having diabetes or high blood pressure. Depression has an ability to impact a person’s physical or emotional health, resulting in having difficulty even functioning on some days. Depression is a serious disorder of the brain that has a variety of biological, genetic, environmental and psychological factors. Some of the self-diagnosed symptoms are feeling anxious or having mood swings, not getting enough sleep or getting the excessive amount of it. It can also affect your behaviors like getting agitated over the smallest of the things or social isolation. A common symptom is poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts. I feel like this misconception occurs when people take depression out of context or exaggerate what they are feeling. So over time, when people who are extremely sad just say that they are depressed without actually having a proper diagnosis from a doctor. Some of the causes of this situation are not properly knowing what depression is about or how it affects your brain and daily life. Having a certain stigma around the illness does not help one’s case of getting professional medical help. The effects of these misconceptions are quite severe as people who have depression are constantly being told to “snap out of it” or “think of happy thoughts and it’ll go away.” No one really bothers to ask how their day has been or if they have any dangerous thoughts that trouble them. The people who have depression are just like us except they have an illness that hinders them from doing their tasks in their daily lives. If the people who suffer from depression ignore their problems or fail to recognize the symptoms of depression can be very dangerous and that can lead to feeling isolated and lonely which can eventually lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Some of the actions that can be taken to resolve these common misconceptions are having more seminars in schools so young children and young teens are more aware of what they are feeling and why. I feel like if the information and the topic of depression are more openly discussed and explain to young kids then they will understand why they are feeling some of the things that their friends are not. It might also help parents and teachers keep an open mind while interacting with children and young adults who have depression or who might look like they might suffer from depression. I would also understand that some parents might feel uncomfortable to their kids learning about depression at a young age and they do not want their kids to learn about feeling sad or dissatisfied all the time but the children need to be aware of the problem and how to get help might help them in future. So, in the end, it might be beneficial to the children, young adults, teachers and their parents to learn and get aware of depression and how it affects people and what actions they can take to get help professionally.