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Learn more about depression and make sure you can avoid it anytime



Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.

Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression.

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  • swindy

    Thanks for this post Michael!

    I have been talking a lot with a few of my family members about how common depression has become, or more obvious and 'destigmatized', like Alessandra mentioned. However, because it has become more common, we must be careful not to immediately mistakenly proscribe mild/normal depression as clinical and succumb to addictive medications our society seems to run on. Basic lifestyle changes may prove to be enough as is or even enough to seek further consultation.
    Thanks again for the edu :)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    It's inspiring how mental illness is being destigmatized. It's crucial because more people will be willing to seek treatment if they know they can be supported. It's also fascinating how trauma transforms the brain, and the more that research comes out, the better. I wonder why you say in your title "make sure you can avoid it anytime"? I don't think it's completely possible to avoid it if it's an illness. Rather, treating it and confronting it is key.