Went to webmd today to launch the symptom checking, and noticed a picture of Kurt Cobain on the front page. Having just included him in a list of suicides, the picture caught my eye. Next to it was a link to Myths and Facts About Depression .
Included in the slideshow:
Myth: Depression Is Just Self-Pity
Our culture admires will power and mental toughness and is quick to label anyone who falls back as a whiner. But people who have clinical depression are not lazy or simply feeling sorry for themselves. Nor can they “will” depression to go away. Depression is a medical illness — a health problem related to changes in the brain. Like other illnesses, it usually improves with appropriate treatment.