Common Myths About Depression
Don’t Get Down, Get Help…
There are many popular and enduring myths about the chronic condition of depression, and so it’s often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by the majority of us.
‘It’s just your hormones’, ‘It’s all in your head’, ‘It’ll fade’ or ‘You’ll be stuck with it for life’ are just a few of the most common statements that many people believe about depression, and therefore, many sufferers are afraid of seeking help for fear of repercussions or stigmatism.
The very word ‘depression’ conjures up so many connotations that the clinical definition of the illness can be lost.
The most common myth is that people quite frequently confuse sadness with depression, and therefore it’s believed that happy people can’t be experiencing depression, even if they really are. It’s a bit like saying someone who has got a cold has got pneumonia…
It’s quite simply a stigma that can make sufferers of depression feel even more isolated because depression doesn’t make you sad all the time, as the level of sadness a patient experiences depends on the individual and severity of depression.
Another popular myth is that depression is also seen as a mental weakness, which is why so many sufferers tend to suffer in silence rather than seek help. Of course, it’s a complex mental disorder that affects sufferers in different ways on the biological, psychological, and social fronts but it isn’t picky – anyone can be affected.
Chemical changes in the body cause depression – it can’t simply be willed away.
Many people believe the irritating myth that there has had to be a traumatic event that triggers depressive episodes. These traumas can range from death to divorce; in fact, any life upsetting circumstance that leaves someone feeling isolated and sad for long periods of time.
However, for someone to be suffering from depression means their symptoms last longer than just a couple of weeks and are often reoccurring.
A commonplace myth is that depression is just an emotional illness, but this simply isn’t true – many people with depression find they have ailments that affect their entire body.
And men are just as likely to suffer from depression as women and yet are more afraid of seeking help as they don’t like to appear ‘weak.’
Because the effects of depression are hard to diagnose, it can be difficult to treat – everyone is an individual, and their symptoms will be different from their mood to their thoughts to their physical effects.
But what is important is that these depressing myths of such a chronic illness are dispelled and that the stigmas are dissolved.
It’s not merely a matter of popping a pill, and then you’ll instantly feel better – most sufferers are encouraged to seek medication as well as therapy to help with their symptoms.
It’s essential that sufferers can seek help from mental health services such as Beecholme Adult Care, who offer online therapy and online life coaching as they can address the confidential issues of the depressed individual with privacy and flexibility for today’s dilemmas.
Such services appreciate that these modern-day myths have previously prevented sufferers from seeking medical help, and therefore they offer individual medical support in a sensitive and safe online environment.
It’s important that these myths are dispelled, and that armchair diagnoses are discouraged and that we all appreciate that depression manifests itself differently in everyone…