Depression Is a Complex Illness - This Is Why It's Not Just a Matter of "Willpower"

Depression Is a Complex Illness - This Is Why It's Not Just a Matter of "Willpower"

As a psychiatrist who has grappled with it both professionally and personally, I know depression can be a multilayered beast, interlaced with one’s personality, vulnerabilities, and upbringing, all intermingling with the dark shades of misfiring brain chemistry. This complexity leads to ongoing confusion and debate over how much mental illness relies on personal resolve vs. personal biology. Too often, people are quick to stigmatize depression and other mental illnesses as forms of moral weakness or a lack of willpower, especially in the individualistic American culture. People are quick to judge therapy or medication as a crutch in a perceived simple game of mind over matter: Such treatments are seen...

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