For a condition that’s so common — affecting one in four women, and roughly one in five men — it’s frustrating that depression still carries a stigma. That it continues to be misunderstood by so many is surprising, especially since it’s likely that there’s someone suffering from depression in all of our lives. No, it’s not a signifier of weakness or self-indulgence or lack of gratitude for one’s circumstances. It’s clearly a result of physiological processes, even if its mechanics aren’t yet completely understood.

Psychologist and psychiatrist Patricia Deldin debunks six common ideas about depression that just aren’t true.

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If you suffer from untreated depression, as Deldin says, there is help available. And remember: It’s not just others who fall for these myths — don’t judge yourself as you endure what’s already a difficult struggle.