Growing up, it always seemed to take me longer than my friends to manage feelings like sadness and disappointment. As a teenager, I regularly fell into funks that felt difficult to escape.
Finally, in my 20s, I decided to get help: I was diagnosed with dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder). Having a professional put a name and explanation to what I had been feeling for so many years was an incredible relief. I had a thing and, yes, that thing was depression.
Depression affects more than 300 million worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It is far from a rare condition, yet the stigma remains. The best way to counter it? Education. Whether you’re suffering or have a loved one who is, these 10 myths and facts are a great place to start.