20 Surprising Truths about Depression

I have been somewhat surprised by the absolute lack of caring that depression can produce in a person. Even when I used to be quite depressed, I still cared about making an A in a class or at least doing the minimum so that people would think highly of me. But since I left college, I have lost even that motivation. I sometimes wonder why I should even get an advanced degree, or why anything I do matters. --rosa444

My biggest surprise about depression is how much people in general do not understand it. As technologically advanced as we are and with so many so-called "intellects" that we have in this day and age, we are so ignorant to the health and well-being of our fellow humans. --izeti

I am surprised by how resilient it is -- how hard it is to make it let go. --susanah2449

I am 53 and suffered my first remembered depression while still in high school. I went for therapy many times over the years. It was not until eight or nine years ago that my general practitioner suggested drugs. I could not believe that drugs could make a difference but went along with him anyway. I was so surprised at the results achieved by taking antidepressants. It is totally unbelievable that the drugs can change the way you feel and handle life. I tell everyone that I take antidepressants now because I know that it is really a brain-chemical thing and not that I am just crazy. It has to be a brain-chemical thing to cause the positive attitude changes that take place. --lwalsh33

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