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Mistaken Belief #6: It's a personal failing—depressed people just need to buck up

The Truth—Every expert we spoke with cited this as one of the most common and damaging myths about depression, because while there are factors that can increase your risk (family history, trauma, a stressful life event, to name a few), mental weakness isn't one of them. "Telling a depressed person that they need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps is like telling someone with pneumonia to do the same," says Stuart Eisendrath, MD, founding director of the University of California San Francisco Depression Center. "People don't understand that there's a physiological abnormality associated with, it just like there is with other illnesses."