Discovery’s MythBusters proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are an awful lot of myths out there that are ripe for the busting. As it is often said and proven many times per day, a lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots laced. It is almost certain that by the time you are an adult, your knowledge about the world is comprised of more myths than facts, like that one. Just remember that 73% of all statistics are made up on the spot, including this one.

With cries of “fake news” everywhere you turn, it gets harder everyday to know what the real news is. When following the news, the first few reports of a fast-breaking story are almost always full of inaccuracies. That is because there hasn’t been enough time to do any real investigation of the facts. The financial incentives prioritize being first over being thorough. Even if there is a later correction, it often goes unseen because the original story has already made it halfway around the world. You deserve to know the truth about as many things as possible. Here are a few myths that need to be busted in the most emphatic possible way:

Myth #1: Depression Is Your Fault

There is a lot of unwarranted shame around the subject of depression. The subject has become so taboo that it is hard for people to talk about. There is no shame associated with having the flu. Physical illness is just a thing that happens. We get treatment for it, get better, and get on with our lives. Mental illness is this unspeakable thing that everyone would rather vigorously deny than face. As a result, a lot of it goes untreated.

Depression is not your fault. There are effective treatments. Do a search for what is TMS for depression and you will be surprised at what you find. As it turns out, there are a lot of myths about depression that need to be busted. Another such myth is that depression cannot be medically treated. Not only can it be treated, it is treated everyday. It could even be that your insurance company pays for the treatments. Depression is not your fault and there is no shame in having it. There are safe and effective treatments for it. Don’t let myths about depression stand in the way of you having a full and happy life.

Myth #2: Bad Credit Is a Permanent Stain on Your Record

First of all, there is no permanent record with regard to your credit. Issues come and go. A bankruptcy today will be gone from your credit report in seven years. Bad things happen and you can move beyond them. There is almost no credit error you can’t overcome. If you need to buy a car, it is hard to be in a situation so bad that no one will finance it. The terms will not be good. But it can be done.

You don’t have to wait for 7 years before you can do something about your challenged credit situation. You can start bringing your score up today by going into your credit report from any one of the free services and disputing bad data. You can also get one of those credit cards designed for building credit and using it strategically. Your on-time payments will be reported and that kind of thing tends to have an immediate impact. Don’t accept your low credit score. You can turn it around a lot faster than you think.

Myth #3: You Missed Your One Opportunity

Opportunities for love happen throughout your life. Don’t make yourself miserable thinking you missed out on your one, true love. You didn’t. That job for which you didn’t get a call back was not the only great job out there. Did you miss your one shot as a performing artist? Here’s a hint: You didn’t. Some opportunities happen randomly. But most great opportunities are the ones you create. You are not a slave to fate. If you failed at one opportunity, let it be a learning experience and inform your next one. 

Don’t be held back in life because you bought into a myth. Depression is not your fault. Bad credit is not a permanent stain. And even now, you have more opportunities in the making.