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The Truth About 8 Depression Myths

Shedding Light on Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in America. Nearly one in five Americans will suffer from depression at some time in their lives. Still, there are many myths surrounding it. One myth is that depression is a sign of weakness. The reality is that it's a real disease that needs—and benefits from—treatment. Here are eight more myths you can put to rest.

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