20 Surprising Truths about Depression

I was surprised at my family for not thinking it was a big deal. My mother blamed the way I was on me and that I was just lazy and didn't want to do anything. When all was said and done and I was in therapy for three years, the doctor invited her to join in with us. She said no because she didn't think it was necessary for her to go. She was being defensive, even though there is no one to blame anymore. But now that it has been so long, no one even asks me if I am okay. They just make believe that it went away. I am surprised at their lack of consideration. --pinlake

The thing that surprised me about being depressed is that it could happen to me. And that it was something that I had for most of my life. But the kicker was how out of control I felt. I felt like I had no control over my emotions. I had one emotion (sadness), but it was the fact that I was empty inside. I cared about nothing and no one. Now I am learning to be "normal" and to feel things the way that others do. --ewa

What surprised me the most was people's perception of it. We all know the famous cases of depression -- people who do extreme things under depression that make the headlines. When I first told my family I had depression, the first thing my mom said was, "You're not seeing one of those 'loony' doctors or taking drugs, are you?" I just couldn't believe how narrow-minded my own parents were. My husband's parents on the other hand saw that I was depressed and encouraged me to seek help. They had no bias whatsoever and saw it for what it was, a medical problem. Why are people so ignorant about it? I am dumbfounded by the number of people who say depressed people on meds are just looking for a "high" or an escape from real life. If they lived one day in my shoes, they wouldn't survive! --littleswissmiss

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