According to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people across the world suffer from some form of depression. It is a subject which elicits a great deal of sensitivity, as well as misunderstanding, within the community. To date, we've seen a lot of bad memes/jokes on depression floating around the internet. Let's be honest though, some of them were pretty funny. Here are some of the most popular ones we found.

1. Depression is a disease of the mind and not the body

Depression is a disease of the mind and not the body. This means that the cause of depression is not the same as other diseases of the body. A disease of the mind has different symptoms than a disease of the body, and thus we treat each differently. 

For example, if you had a sore throat, you would get antibiotics to help clear up the infection and heal your sore throat. If you have depression though, you don't need medicine to make your brain function properly again because depression is not caused by a problem with your brain but rather by problems with your life. 

There's no medication that can make things like divorce or death easier to deal with, but there are things that can help manage stress levels enough for you to cope with these kinds of life difficulties by helping you feel better about yourself and reducing stress levels.

2. Depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

The brain produces neurotransmitters—chemicals that allow communication between cells in the brain—and they're responsible for regulating mood and behavior. But when these chemicals are out of balance, it can cause a chemical imbalance in the brain.

When this happens, it can lead to symptoms like feeling sad or hopeless, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating and remembering things, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, and thoughts of suicide.

3. Depression is caused by genetics

Depression is often linked to genetics — if you have a family member who has been diagnosed with depression, you may be more likely to struggle with it yourself. But there are also other things that can make someone more susceptible to depression, including certain biological factors and certain social situations.

It's important to note that while some people do have a genetic predisposition for depression, not everyone who has these genes will develop the condition. Hormones, life experiences and even your environment all play a role in whether or not you develop depression.

4. Depression is caused by psychological issues such as stress, trauma or poor coping skills

Depression is often a response to the loss of a loved one, or a traumatic event. Depression can also be caused by certain health conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes or heart disease.

It is not a sign of weakness; it's a sign that something is wrong with your brain chemistry and hormone levels.

However, depression is caused by psychological issues such as stress, trauma or poor coping skills. Depression can also be linked to medical conditions such as thyroid disease, diabetes and heart disease.

The causes of depression are not fully understood but it may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain (neurotransmitter levels), genetic predisposition, environmental factors such as life events, social isolation and difficult relationships.

5. Depression can be treated with medication and therapy

Treatment for depression will depend on the severity of symptoms, any other conditions that may be present, and the person's preferences. 

Depression is often treated with antidepressants, which help relieve symptoms of depression. Antidepressants do not cure depression but can help people manage their symptoms so they can function better at home, work and school.

Therapy can also help people manage their symptoms by teaching them new ways of thinking, acting and reacting to situations that cause stress. Most types of therapy have been shown to be effective in treating depression when combined with antidepressants or another type of medication (if needed).

Making healthy lifestyle choices — such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and eating nutritious foods — can help reduce stress levels and improve overall mood.

6. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy alone (cognitive behavioral therapy) without medication

There are also other therapies that may be helpful, such as interpersonal psychotherapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. If these approaches don't work, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. These medicines are effective at reducing depressive symptoms in most people who take them.

You should know that the prescription medications for depression aren't always effective. In fact, about one-quarter of people who start taking antidepressant medications will not respond to them. And even when they do work, they usually take several weeks to begin working fully.

A combination of medicine and psychotherapy is often the best approach to treating depression — both because it combines the best of each treatment, and because it helps patients maintain their progress once they're feeling better. Some studies show that combining medicine with psychotherapy works better than either treatment alone.

7. Antidepressants should only be taken under a doctor's supervision and never without them

Antidepressants are medications that are used to treat depression. They are not addictive and do not cause physical dependence. However, some people find that it is difficult to stop taking antidepressants once they have started them. This is because the body can develop a tolerance to the drug and will need more and more of it to get the same effect.

The only way to overcome these difficulties is by gradually reducing the amount of medication you take over a period of time until you are off it completely. If you stop taking antidepressants suddenly, there is a risk that you will experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headaches or insomnia.

It's important that people with depression or anxiety never stop taking an antidepressant without first talking to their doctor. Stopping antidepressants suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms that could make symptoms worse before they get better.

Depression is a widespread, serious, and often incurable condition that afflicts millions of people each year. Yet it is a surprisingly mysterious ailment that we don't fully understand the causes or cure for. There are numerous approaches to treating depression, but all of them involve one thing: getting the right treatment for whatever sort of depression you have. Your doctor will work with you to determine what causes your depression and then prescribe the best treatment.
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