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Hysteria, Demons, and More: Depression Throughout History

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Depression due to demonic possession?

Yes, the notion’s ridiculous.

But through the centuries, people with depression have been avoided or persecuted because of reasons such as this.

Unfortunately, there's still a lingering stigma about depression today, despite a greater understanding of psychiatric ailments.

"Although it has changed over time, stigma is long-standing,” says Carl Walker, PhD, author of Depression and Globalization: The Politics of Mental Health in the 21st Century.

Here are 12 different causes of depression—according to the misinformed.

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