Five Depression myths debunked
“It is not a real illness.”
Several people still think that depression is directly linked to sadness. In some cases, people even view it as a weakness of character. In fact, depression is a complicated mental health disorder that will affect essential aspects of your life if left untreated. It can originate from social, biological or psychological backgrounds and can be treated in a variety of different ways.
“Just take antidepressants, and you will be fine.”
Yes, depression is treatable, although in some cases, your medical practitioner can prescribe antidepressant medication to aid in your treatment. This medication alters your brain chemistry and can address biological issues that contribute to the condition.
“Just snap out of it.”
So many people living with depression have heard friends or family tell them to “just snap out of it” because others think that the person is simply wallowing in their sadness or grief. Due to the lack of understanding, they tend to believe that an attitude change or positive thinking can help cure their depression. In reality, no one chooses depression. The condition negatively impacts brain chemistry, the way you function and the way your environment is structured.
“You are just sad. It will blow over.”
Everyone experiences sadness, hopelessness and irritability from time to time, but that does not determine whether or not you have depression. Someone struggling from depression needs the proper support. If they don’t receive the appropriate care, the disorder won’t simply just blow over.
“You will have to take antidepressants for the rest of your life.”
Antidepressants provide long-term treatment for many people with depression. Still, the length of time that your medical care provider advises you to take them can vary based on the severity of the condition. That does not mean you will have to take them forever. Your doctor also can prescribe psychotherapy which will help you learn new ways of coping with life’s challenges.
Common symptoms include:
- Excessive anger
- Feeling empty or numb
- Decline in productivity
- Avoiding social settings or engagements
- An overwhelming feeling of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Constant lack of energy
- Feelings of guilt
- Lack of appetite
When to seek help
Suppose you feel like there is a chance that you have more than two or three of the symptoms above, and it is negatively affecting your life, work and relationships with others. In that case, it might be time to consider reaching out for help. Taking action to prevent things from getting worst should be a top priority. It should be noted that feeling depressed does not necessarily mean that you have depression, so our best advice would be to come in and see one of our friendly mental health care providers.