Mood disorder myths
Depression is more than a sad feeling
The idea of feeling depressed or down differs from actually being diagnosed with depression.
It is a low point that can not be turned on or off by yourself
"Depression only occurs when bad things happen"
Changes in the brain, family history, personality, drug and alcohol use, and serious medical issues can all be factors or causes of depression. It can happen at anytime so it doesn't need to happen directly after a traumatic event.
Post partum depression is NOT an excuse women use for being bad mothers.
Side affects can be: suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, delusions, frantic energy and more.
Bipolar disorder is not always experienced the same way!
Mania which causes elevated mood does not mean that it is fun. It can result in overspending, extreme agitation, risk taking, rapid speech, and can lead to the crushing feeling of depression afterwards.