Depression is a common mental disorder that is seldom ever spoken of.
This hush-hush attitude results in misconceptions that bring more harm than good. Because of so many false assumptions and the stigma that we tend to attach to it, people who struggle with depression often find themselves unwilling to admit that they are suffering, and consequently do not get the help they need.
So #LetsTalk about depression and bust all those myths surrounding it. Read on:
Myth 1: Depression is just sadness
Fact: Depression is not just sadness. In fact, depression is more like a faceless ghost that can differ from person to person. Sometimes it can take the form of frustration, sometimes agitation, sometimes fatigue, sometimes hopelessness, but mostly people feel numb.
Myth 2: You just have to snap out of it!
Fact: You cannot snap out of it! If it were that easy, depression wouldn’t be a problem at all. Depression is a serious mental disorder and in most cases requires medical attention. Usually, when a person is depressed, he is unable and unwilling to talk about it. Sometimes opening up to a therapist is easier than someone familiar. But it is up to those familiar people to identify if a person needs help.
Myth 3: It is obvious when someone’s depressed
Fact: Sometimes it is. But most of the times people try to put up a façade that they are okay. So it is not always easy to tell if someone is depressed or not. They may seem perfectly fine on the outside – they may carry on with their daily chores, they may even go out with friends, but to understand if they are experiencing inner turmoil, you will have to take a closer look.
Myth 4: There is just one type of depression
Fact: Absolutely not! There are several types of depression – postpartum depression, atypical depression, seasonal depression – all of which will be discussed at length in subsequent articles, but each of them is complex and each requires to be treated differently. There is no one way to club all kinds of depression together.
Myth 5: Pop a pill and you’ll be fine.
Fact: Antidepressants are medicines that balance chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters, which control moods and emotions. Anti-depressants, therefore, help by acting as mood enhancers. They are part of the solution but are not a complete treatment option. So no, popping pills will not fix anything permanently.
Depression is not untreatable, but as we have discussed in an earlier post, it takes time and patience. Medical advice is always helpful in these cases. Together we can be #StrongerThanDepression.