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Depression Myths & Facts Quiz

Which of these may be a symptom of depression?

The correct answer is all of the above. Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, or miserable. Most of us feel this way sometimes for short periods. But depression as a medical condition affects your daily life in an ongoing way. Talk with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms, or if you think you may be depressed.

Depression is a state of mind – if you try hard enough, you can snap out of it.

The correct answer is myth. Depression is a medical disorder that causes real suffering. Brain scans have shown that certain areas of the brain look different in people with depression. It's unclear what causes the disorder. An imbalance of brain chemicals or genetic factors may play a role.

If a friend or loved one talks about suicide, what should you do?

The correct answer is seek professional help immediately. Suicide can be prevented with prompt intervention. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call or text 988 or chat You can also call 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK). The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential support 24/7, anytime day or night. Never try to manage the problem on your own.

Depression is more common in women.

The correct answer is fact. Hormonal changes throughout a woman’s life may play a role. At puberty, girls have twice the risk for depression than boys. Many women notice mood changes and even depression around their period, after childbirth, and around the time of menopause. Other risk factors may include income inequality, social status, sexual violence, and life stressors.

People who are depressed tend to:

The correct answer is either A or B. While some people lose interest in food when they are depressed, others turn to food for comfort and overeat.

Children don't get depressed.

The correct answer is myth. A depressed child may complain of aches and pains, refuse to go to school, or worry all the time. About 10% to 15% of teenagers have symptoms of depression at some point in their teen years. Be aware of any changes in your teen’s daily routines or behaviors. This can be a sign of depression.

Men may spend more time at work when they are depressed.

The correct answer is fact. Men often react to depression in different ways than women. They are more likely to work long hours, abuse alcohol or drugs, lose their temper, or behave recklessly.

Which types of talk therapy are effective in treating depression?

The correct answer is all of the above. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches you how to fight negative thoughts and develop self-awareness and problem-solving skills. Psychotherapy can help you understand the issues behind your thoughts and feelings. Support groups can help you feel less alone. Ask your doctor for a recommendation.

Depression can make the symptoms of other illnesses seem worse.

The correct answer is fact. If you have a health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or many others, depression can make the symptoms more severe. Feeling sad or down also makes it harder for you to do the work needed to manage your illness. Getting help for depression usually makes it easier to successfully treat any medical condition.

Which of the following is true of antidepressant medicines?

The correct answer is if one type of antidepressant doesn't help, chances are another one will. Remember that it can take 4 to 12 weeks for an antidepressant to become fully effective, so try to be patient. However, some benefits start earlier than that. If your medicine isn’t helping, be sure to talk to your doctor. Often, changing to a different antidepressant or adding a second medicine will help your symptoms.

Depression is very difficult to treat.

The correct answer is myth. In reality, most patients get better when treated with medicine, talk therapy, or both together. The first step is to talk to your doctor, who can treat you or refer you to a mental health professional. Make that first call, and you will be on the path to recovery.

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