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Question:

What is most misunderstood about depression?

Answered by: David Kahn

Depressed people are often told just to get their act together, or snap out of it. This is no more possible than telling someone with arthritis to just stop feeling pain in his or her joints.

Depression is real and persists longer if not treated. It is serious and can result in poor physical health or even death, including suicide.

Moreover, people with depression may have the symptom of hopelessness about ever getting better and may be reluctant to begin treatment, so it is important for families to be involved.