There are 20 million people in the U.S. suffering from depression today. And at some point in their lives, one in four Americans will experience this mental disorder. These feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with a person’s daily life for an extended period of time. Those with depression find it difficult to do even the simplest of things and many are hesitant to receive help at all as a result of the stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding the disorder. Below are five common myths.
Myth #1: I can just “snap out of it.”
Depression is an illness and needs to be treated. Seeing a specialist can help you understand why you feel the way you do and help you overcome these issues before they become even more serious. At times, depression can even stem from something biological.
Myth #2: If I really am depressed, then all I need is an antidepressant.
There is no single cure for depression. Antidepressants are only one type of treatment for clinical depression. And it may not be enough or in some cases, unnecessary. Specialists have found that a combination of medication and talk therapy is most helpful when treating young people. Even regular exercise has proven helpful.
Myth #3: Only girls get depressed.
While depression does affect more women than men, it is NOT gender exclusive. There are probably more men that we think with this disorder. For those that aren’t comfortable talking about their feelings – this can be especially damaging.
Myth #4: Talking about it will just make things worse.
It is toxic to hold in all of those negative emotions. They could have a horrible effect on your mental, physical and emotional health. In fact, research confirms that bottling up your emotions only make them more powerful. This stress on the body could increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Myth #5: If I admit I have problems, I am admitting that I am crazy.
Having a mental disorder does not mean that you are crazy. Rather, you have an illness that when treated correctly can help you to lead a healthy life.
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- Kori Williams is a NYC freelance writer, who loves music, food, and photography. Her favorite cause is Human Rights.
Sources: National Institute of Mental Health, World Health Organization, SAMHSA, Medline Plus, Psych Central, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, WebMD