5 Misconceptions About Depression

November 21, 2017

Misconceptions about depression

Depression affects about 350 million people worldwide, making it a leading cause of disability. While this condition may be common, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s important for us all to recognize the symptoms and understand the facts about this complex condition. To help combat harmful misinformation, we put together a list of five common misconceptions about depression.

  1. Depression is the same as feeling sad. While feeling sad may be a part of some people’s depression, there’s more to it than that. Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is a mental illness that can stick with a person for years. Depression can affect people’s relationships and make seemingly simple tasks feel like a battle. To say depression is equivalent to feeling sad would be like saying having the flu is essentially having a runny nose – anyone who’s had the flu knows, there’s a whole lot more to it than that.
  2. Antidepressants are the only way to treat depression (and if they don’t work for you, then nothing will). Everyone is different, and for some people, medication is the best solution for treating their depression. That being said, a lot of people don’t like being on antidepressants – some people don’t like the way antidepressants make them feel physically, and other people don’t like the idea of taking a pill every day. Regardless of your feelings towards medication, there are other treatment options.

    Some people find a solution in a regimen of frequent exercise, a healthy diet, and talk therapy. Neurocore provides neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for depression, which has helped many people as well. There are a lot of options for depression treatment, it’s just a matter of finding the mixture that works for you.

  3. Depression is a weakness. We live in a culture that values mental stamina, hard work, and perseverance. These qualities can be great things, but sometimes we might value them a bit too much. If we live in an environment where we’re supposed to be more than capable on our own, it can be viewed as a weakness when someone needs an extra push – especially when the issue holding them back isn’t physically visible.

    It’s important for us all to remember that depression is a medical condition and we should treat it as such. You wouldn’t ask someone with a sprained ankle to run a marathon, so don’t ask someone with depression to “stop being a downer” when they’re having an off day.

  4. “Depression” is a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. There are actually different types of depression. From psychotic depression to seasonal affective disorder, no two people experience the same “depression.”

    When talking about depression, major depression is probably what comes to mind – it’s the most common and the symptoms of this type can be found in other types of depression as well. But it’s important to recognize that there are a variety of types of depression, which affect each person differently.

  5. If people just changed their attitude, they wouldn’t have depression. It’s true that positive thinking can help lessen the symptoms of depression, but it’s inaccurate to reduce depression to simply a state of mind. There are chemical imbalances happening in the brain that often make depressed people feel empty or worthless; finding the positives in life when you feel this way can be difficult to say the least.
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