Myths and Realities of Depressive Illness

There are certain myths, misconceptions, erroneous beliefs and prejudices about depressive illness. These myths often prevent the patient from seeking proper treatment and hence need clarifications.

He has become lazy, he does not want to work
Control your thoughts and you will be all right
I have more tension and nothing happens to me whereas he gets depressed at the slightest stress faced by him
Somebody has done something. These are 'bahar ka' influences of witchcraft, bad omens, etc.
Antidepressant drugs are sedatives and habit forming
Shock Treatment produces brain damage