Myth/ Reality Flyer

By Julia Gallotto

Depression is just a feeling; you can snap out of it if you try hard enough.

A person must exhibit symptoms for two weeks before being diagnosed with depression. The symptoms continue until medically treated.

Depression only occurs when bad things happen.

Depression is a result of genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain and tradgety.

Post partum depression is an excuse women use for being bad mothers.

Post pardum depression is a mothers intense worry about her child, and fear of harming the baby.

Theres nothing you can do to treat depression.

Depression can be treated with anti depression medication to change your mood.

There are no outward signs of depresion

Outward signs of depression include but are not limited to loss of interest in hobbies, change in eating patterns, change in sleeping patterns, and inability to focus

Having mania is fun.

Manic depression causes a person to havea long period of manic and shorter but severe periods of depression.

No one hallucinates while suffering from a mood disorder.

A symptom of manic depression is hallucinations.

Everyone who has bipolar disorder experiences the disprder in the same way.

There are different cases of bipolar disorder: Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2. Some people who have Bipolar disorder experience rapid cycling and ultra rapid cycling, while others do not.

Only people suffering from deression are suicidal.

15% of people suffering from Bipolar disorder are suicidal.

Anti Depressants and Lithium can help anybody with a mood disorder.

Not everyone responds to Lithium. Anti deprassant pills can sometimes make the disorder worse.