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Truth about mental health: Depression

Nov. 13, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.


The Advocate will print a "fact or myth" question about mental health every day leading up to author Pete Earley's Tuesday lecture as part of the Victoria College's Lyceum series

The lecture will be at the Fine Arts Auditorium, 2200 E. Red River St. at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Admission is free.

For more information about the lyceum series, call Victoria College at 361-573-3291.

FACT OR MYTH?

STATEMENT: Depression is not a character flaw or weakness.

GULF BEND'S ANSWER: Fact. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Asking a depressed person to "think positively" is like asking a diabetic to adjust their blood sugar by thinking about it. There are many safe and effective treatments for clinical depression.

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