Vote It Up When Living With Depression

epression is a disease that affects millions of people every day. One of the most difficult factors of living with depression is that most people feel as though they are all alone in their depression. They assume that no one understands their pain and suffering. The more we talk about this disease, the better our chances are of fighting it.

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  1. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Does depression ever go away?

    Sometimes people who suffer from depression experience times of relief. Often, they also experience relapses. While depression isn’t something that changes overnight, many sufferers can feel relief at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, the symptoms rarely disappear forever completely. People with depression have good days and bad days – just like everybody else. Luckily, there are ways to manage this disease that can lead to a healthy and normal lifestyle. Some people choose to take medications to help ease depression; others can find relief through therapy and changes in diet or lifestyle.

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  2. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    How many people live with depression?

    Around 350 million people live with depression every day. That’s more than 35 times the population of New York City! Almost seven percent of people in the U.S. alone suffer from depression. Although chemical imbalances in the brain are the cause of depression, the shame and stigma that surrounds this disease can make things worse for sufferers. The more we talk about depression, its causes and its treatments, the fewer people will need to suffer. Many people seek out therapy through alcohol or drugs, yet these substances only worsen the problem. The best form of help is through therapy and prescription medication.

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  3. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    What do depressed people look like?

    Depressed people look like everyone else. Most people with this disease hide their depression extremely well from coworkers and the outside world. Some people are even able to hide it from their families. Many depressed people have become so good at hiding their depression that they don’t remember what life was like without depression; they believe that this disease is the new normal. Sometimes people with this illness repress the depression so much that it surfaces in other ways: back pain, headaches and frequent colds are a side effect of repressing feelings.

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  4. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Can you cure depression with hard work?

    One of the biggest myths about depression is that it can be cured if the depressed person “works hard enough.” Sadly, you can’t will yourself out of depression. Sometimes, the harder you work to “cure” yourself, the more depressed you become. Only a psychiatrist, doctor or psychologist can help people with these symptoms. Friends and family members can help someone with this disease through patience and caring support. Sometimes group therapy can also help, but this type of therapy is best under a doctor’s supervision. If you or a loved one suffers from depression, you should seek medical help.

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  5. VoteItUp on February 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Is depression a cry for attention?

    When you live with a depressed person, the depression can feel like a cry for attention. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Depressed people often don’t know how to help themselves or can’t help themselves. Usually people who are depressed want as little attention as possible since this disease comes with plenty of shame and social stigmas. The best way to help someone who is depressed is to encourage doctor supervised treatments and offer emotional support. If the person rejects help or doesn’t want to be social, don’t press the subject. The best way to help fight depression is to talk about issues and offer consistent and encouraging support. Depression comes with so many myths and falsehoods that it’s easy to feel frustrated or angry. Keep seeking knowledge and treatment options to banish the myths about this disease for good.

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