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Quiz: Myths and Facts About Depression

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Depression is just sad thoughts.

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Depression is just sad thoughts.

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Explanation: Depression is not just feeling sad when you lose someone or are deeply disappointed. Everyone has these feelings from time to time. But depression doesn't just occur when something bad happens in your life. It can happen even when things seem fine. Common symptoms of depression can include:

  • Feeling sad or guilty often
  • Eating or sleeping more or less
  • Not enjoying things you normally like
  • Feeling tired or irritable
  • Having problems with concentration or decision making
  • Thinking about suicide
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You can snap out of depression if you think positively.

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You can snap out of depression if you think positively.

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Explanation: Depression is a serious illness — just like diabetes or heart disease. Expecting positive thinking to cure depression is like expecting a person with diabetes to lower his blood sugar level by thinking happy thoughts. Most people need treatment to beat depression.

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Depression is normal if you are:

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Depression is normal if you are:

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Explanation: A woman's risk for depression goes up when her body is going through physical and hormonal changes — like after childbirth or during menopause. For older adults, it's natural to feel sadness around events like the death of a spouse or serious illness. But depression is not a normal part of life for anyone. Treatment can help even with the most severe cases.

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Talk therapy is the same as talking to a friend.

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Talk therapy is the same as talking to a friend.

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Explanation: Talk therapy — also called psychotherapy — involves speaking with someone who is trained to help treat people with mental illness. Talk therapy helps people figure out and work through what may be contributing to their depression. It also gives tools and strategies to deal with stress and any unhealthy thoughts and actions.

Talk therapy is not "one size fits all." There are different types of talk therapy to deal with people's different needs.

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Medications to treat depression change your brain chemistry.

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Medications to treat depression change your brain chemistry.

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Explanation: Antidepressants aren't "happy pills" or tranquilizers. In fact, they should help you feel like yourself again. Antidepressants actually change your brain chemistry, which may seem scary. But they can help make your mood more stable and even.

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The best way to help someone who is depressed is to try to cheer her up.

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The best way to help someone who is depressed is to try to cheer her up.

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Explanation: The best way to help a depressed person is to help her get diagnosed and treated. It's also important to listen to the person and take what she says seriously. Just trying to cheer up someone who is depressed may make her feel misunderstood. It's important that you give support and offer her hope that the depression will get better with treatment and time.

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Which of these may be a physical symptom of depression?

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Which of these may be a physical symptom of depression?

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Explanation: Depression doesn't just affect your mind. It also can affect your body. Different people can have different physical symptoms when they are depressed. Some people may overeat — or may have no appetite at all. Others may have trouble sleeping or may sleep too much. Some people who are depressed may have headaches or other aches and pains, cramps and stomach problems, or fatigue and difficulty concentrating.

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If one of your parents is depressed, you are more likely to become depressed.

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If one of your parents is depressed, you are more likely to become depressed.

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Explanation: Adult children who have a depressed parent are more likely to experience depression than those who don't. But depression can happen to anyone. And with treatment, most people can manage depression, regardless of their family history.

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Men may have different depression symptoms than women.

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Men may have different depression symptoms than women.

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Explanation: Women are often more likely than men to experience classic depression symptoms such as feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.

Men who are depressed are more likely to be irritable or angry — and sometimes abusive. They are more likely to lose interest in their work or hobbies, but some throw themselves into their work to avoid dealing with depression. Men are more likely than women to have difficulty sleeping. They're also more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol when they are depressed.

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One in how many teens is depressed?

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One in how many teens is depressed?

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Explanation: When teens are depressed, sometimes it's misinterpreted as normal teenage moodiness. But most serious mental illness starts in the teen years. Teen depression can have serious consequences — like substance abuse and suicide. It also can happen at the same time as eating or anxiety disorders. By 15, girls are twice as likely to be depressed as boys. A combination of medication and therapy is usually the most effective treatment for teens.

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Most depressed people go to therapy indefinitely.

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Most depressed people go to therapy indefinitely.

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Explanation: Many people believe that therapy for depression usually goes on for years — or never ends. In fact, for most people, therapy is not open-ended. It usually lasts for less than 20 sessions and focuses on specific, reachable goals. Therapy typically ends because the person wants to move on or has resolved the issues that brought him to therapy. But some people with depression choose to continue seeing a therapist on an ongoing basis.

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Most people with depression never see a mental health professional.

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Most people with depression never see a mental health professional.

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Explanation: Although most people with depression — even very severe depression — can get better with treatment, many people avoid getting help. Only about one-third of depressed people get treatment. And typically, people live with depression for almost a decade before doing that. But the sooner a person gets treatment — psychotherapy, medication, or other help — the more effective it is. A combination of treatments can also be quite useful.

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