“Depression also often comes with a sense of hopelessness, or a belief that things won’t change no matter what you do, which doesn’t help when it comes to deciding to get treatment, Clark says. But unfortunately, not getting care can make things even worse. “This hopelessness, if left unchecked, can feed a vicious cycle of shame, guilt, and inertia that worsen symptoms over time,” Clark says.”
This is why the stigma against getting help and thinking that needing help is a sign of weakness is doubly bad. Depression is already working actively against getting help. It’s part of the disease. Overcoming that requires support, not stigma.