Society seems to believe they know what depression is. They stigmatize it and make it impossible for others without depression to understand. Here are 5 common misconceptions about depression.
Listening goes a long way, and you'd be surprised to know the amount of people who are tired of getting wisdom from others and instead just want to be heard by those whom they hold dear to their heart.
Imagine what would happen if we treated physical illness the way we treat mental illness. People would be walking around with broken bones, serious cases of the flu, and no hope for improvement or healing.
Bruce Springsteen has spent two-thirds of his life singing, songwriting and performing on the road. His highly anticipated autobiography chronicles the struggles, the successes and the relationship that makes him fear for his mental health.
After giving up in her first race at the London Olympics in 2012, and competing in two Olympics before that, Katinka Hosszu was going for gold. Depression is what she got instead. Now this Hungarian Powerhouse is back, and she's living up to her nickname, "Iron Lady," in Rio.
Now competing at her third Summer Games, six-time U.S. Olympic swimming medalist Allison Schmitt hopes talking about her experience with depression and loss offers a lifeline to other people and athletes.
After winning a gold medal in 2000, Anthony Ervin retired from swimming and auctioned off his medal before hitting rock bottom. Years of depression, suicide, drugs and hopelessness led him down a path of destruction. Now, 35, Ervin has overcome even the worst of his demons as he leads the 2016 U.S. Swim team in Rio de Janeiro.
I’m not scared to talk about suicide anymore, I’m scared to stay silent. Silence is what fuels my depression. Silence turns thoughts into obsessions, and obsessions lead to actions. Silence is the deadliest weapon of all. Silence kills. I know my silence will kill me. And I don’t want to die.