Even though depression is one of the most common mental health conditions, it is still not well understood by everyone, and many people have false beliefs about this illness and the people who deal with it. Bad information about depression is a problem because it can cause those who are suffering from it to blame themselves and to avoid seeking help. This article will go over a few of the most common myths about depression.
- Myth: You can “shake it off” or “snap out of it.” – One of the most harmful and persistent myths about depression is that someone suffering from this condition can snap out of it on their own. Depression is a real illness, and just as with a physical illness, you can’t just decide to stop being sick—you need an effective care plan. Depression is treatable with medication, therapy, or a combination of both.
- Myth: Men don’t experience depression. – Another damaging myth about depression is that men don’t suffer from this illness. This myth is harmful because it discourages men who are experiencing the serious, disruptive symptoms of depression from seeking help for their condition. This mistaken belief stems in part from the idea that men must be stoic and never discuss their emotions, and also in part from the fact that depression often manifests differently in men. For example, men are more likely to feel angry when depressed, and women are more likely to feel guilty.
- Myth: Depression is a way to pathologize normal emotions. – A third common myth about depression argues the concept of clinical depression is just the medical industry’s way of making normal emotions into an illness. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but normal sadness is different from depression—normal sadness will resolve on its own as you process your feelings, or in response to a change in circumstances. Sadness caused by depression lingers, and it doesn’t go away even when your circumstances change for the better.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of depression, such as sadness, hopelessness, irritability, lack of interest, or sudden changes in appetite or weight, among others, contact the office of Dr. James Campbell, LLC to schedule a free consultation.