11 Mental Health Disorders That Are 100% Misunderstood

2. Depression

Tensed mature woman sitting in bed Depression goes way beyond fleeting moments of sadness. | iStock.com/Wavebreakmedia

Depression is an umbrella term for a wide range of mental disorders, however, someone is deemed clinically depressed when he or she can no longer function well in their day-to-day life. In addition, Mogali says most express symptoms of decreased energy, changes in appetite, sleeping, and in some cases, suicidal ideation for a sustained period of time.

“Many people fail to seek help for their depression because they don’t even realize they have it — instead, they think they’re feeling down and will ‘snap out of it,’” Mogali added. Some even see it as a weakness for which they do not deserve help. But like any mental health disorder, depression is nothing to feel ashamed of. A clinical psychologist or therapist can speak with you about what you’re experiencing and even prescribe certain medications that may be beneficial.