5 Common Depression Myths Debunked

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5 Common Depressions Myths Debunked

Depression is wildly experienced by many but it is still shrouded in misconceptions and myths. That’s why it is important to recognize fact from fiction by educating yourself and the ones around you. The myths I’ve compiled below are some of the most common but only skims the surface of the stigma attached depression. If you know someone who has a partner or family member who is struggling, then please pass along this article. Awareness is education.

Depression isn’t real

“It’s like being super duper sad, right?” Not quite. Depression is a complex health mental disorder with social psychological and biological origins. If you think you may be experiencing depression, don’t write it off as normal. Talk to your doctor to get the support you need to manage your condition.

You can snap out of it.

Depression is not a choice. Nor is it a sign of self-pity, weakness or laziness You can’t will it away by thinking positive thoughts or a change in attitude. It’s a medical condition in which your brain chemistry, function and structure are negatively affected by environmental or biological factors.

Depression doesn’t affect men

Due to societal pressure, many men don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings or asking for help. This results in the stigma that depression only affects women.

While women more commonly report symptoms of depression, it does not favor one gender over the over. In fact, men are more are likely to commit suicide, which is why it’s important to remove the stigma and seek out counseling.

Talking about it won’t help anything

Do you ever have those nights where you are laying on your bed, staring up at the ceiling and thinking the same damaging thought on an endless loop? That’s called rumination. This keeps you focused on the negative and can be counterproductive to your healing.

It helps to talk to a friend that is a reliable and nonjudgmental listener about your feelings. Or a trained therapist who is equipped to provide the support you need.

Anti-depressants are the only method of treatment

In many cases, anti-depressants may be prescribed alongside psychotherapy. This method can help you learn new ways to cope with life’s challenges and may potently lessen your need for medication over time. On the other side of the coin, long-term anti-depressants may be the best choice for you. It depends on the severity of your condition and what your doctor thinks is best.

 

 

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