Depression is one of the most prominent mental diseases known to us today, yet there are still many misconceptions about it. There are some who believe that depression doesn’t really exist – they think that anyone who ‘acts’ depressed should just pull themselves together and get on with their lives. There are also some who treat depression seriously – so seriously that they constantly control their environment to avoid anything that may make them feel depressed, even in the slightest way. And in between these two extremes, there are many stances on a topic that has divided not just common opinion, but professional opinion too. So what can we establish about depression? What is there that we know, that we can agree on as fact?

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