By Greg Piscitello
Myth: Depression only occurs when bad things happen.
Truth: There are many causes of depression. Some are genetics, chemical imbalances, and tragedy/emotional abuse.
Myth: Antidepressants and lithium can help anybody with a mood disorder.
Truth: Lithium is very effective for those it works for, but not everyone responds to lithium.
Myth: there is no outward signs of depression.
Truth: There are many outward signs of depression such as shifts in behavior, violent behaviors, drop in grades, and withdrawal from friends.
Myth: Everyone who has bipolar disorder experiences the disorder in the same way.
Truth: There are two types of Bipolar disorder, Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Bipolar I has long periods of mania and short periods of depression in between. Bipolar II has long periods of depression with short periods of mania in between.