Myth: Depression is not that common.
Depression is a common condition that affects a large portion of our population. Depression experts estimate that about 1 in 10 people will have a bout of depression at least once in their life.

Myth: Depression is not a medical illness.
The exact cause of depression is unknown. Research has shown that it is linked to genetics, environment, and brain chemicals. Depression has a major impact on the health of the affected person. Depression is the world's leading cause of disability, and has been linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and migraine, just to name a few.

Myth: People with depression can snap out of it if they really wanted to.
Most people with depression would like nothing better than to feel better. Unfortunately, they just can't magically feel better even if they try really hard. Other people will wonder why a person is depressed because their life seems "perfect." Many rich and famous people have suffered from depression at one point in their life.

Myth: Depression only occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 30.
Depression can occur in almost anyone at any age. The condition is more common in women, but depression can occur in children and youth, the elderly, and men.

Myth: Even if you have depression, there are no effective treatments.
People with depression can be treated with psychotherapy or talk therapy, medication, or a combination of both. These treatments are normally very effective.

Myth: If you have depression, you will have it for life.
Most people with depression will suffer with bouts of depression. For some people, doctors will start treatment to eliminate the symptoms (normally over 8 to 12 weeks) then start maintenance treatment for 6 to 24 months or longer. By continuing treatment after the person starts to feel better, it lowers the chance of the depression coming back.

Myth: The medications used to treat depression are highly addictive.
Medications used to treat depression are not addictive or habit-forming. When the person is finished their treatment, the medication can be tapered off and stopped.

Myth: I'm alone with my depression and nobody can help me.
Many people are worried about the stigma of mental disorders. Most health care professionals are there to help, and all you need to do is make an appointment and ask.