Depression in modern society is not uncommon, it is talked about, it is studied tested and is being afraid of. However, many people, experiencing all “delights” depression, deliberately refuse from treatment, dooming themselves to long and dangerous tortures. Why is this happening? The reason for that is deeply-rooted myths about depression in particular and about mental illnesses in general, which often keep people from care they need. Too many people who observe warning signs at themselves are ashamed to talk about them, because people think that depression is a sign of weakness.
Canadian Health&Care Mall experts conducted research and found out the most common myths about depression.
Myth: Sadness Leads to Depression
Grief caused by severe emotional distress can cause depression, but often it is carefully suppressed anger. Feeling sadness caused by loss or separation – well, it just shows that you are healthy, but long and not disappearing sadness, unfortunately, often is already a sign, a symptom of depression.
It is believed that women should not get angry and come out of temper, so very often we replace “I’m angry at you” or “you annoy me” by more neutral “I’m disappointed”. And do our best to suppress strong negative emotion.
But what is being suppressed tends to eventually break out of control.
Myth: no Sadness, no Depression
Bad mood during depression can not be described simply as a sad or grieved, it’s much more complicated. If general dull and unpleasant condition are accompanied by other symptoms that last for several weeks, and interfere your life, work, sleep, eating and, of course, if you are thinking about suicide, you should immediately seek for help.
Myth: Symptoms of Depression are in the Head
Symptoms of depression include marked mental symptoms – sadness, anger, anxiety, confusion, despair, emptiness, loss of interest to life and thoughts about suicide. However, depression also has quite noticeable physical signs:
- sleeping problems;
- changes in appetite;
- rejection of old habits;
- digestive problems;
- wandering pains.
Myth: Depression is a Female Disease
Myth that a real man should be harsh, brutal… and unfeeling has long ago proved to be untrue. Moreover, statement “A real man must not fall into depression, he must simply endure” – is particularly damaging.
Although women suffer from depression more often than men, even cool machos do not have immunity for true depression and may suffer from it even more severe than their fragile girlfriends.
Moreover, many experts believe that depression at men may be more dangerous than at women simply because men do not want to be treated. They avoid therapy, but are prone to abuse antidepressants and sedatives. In addition, men are more likely to commit successful suicide attempts.
Myth: it is only PMS
75% of women suffer from PMS – premenstrual syndrome – and, of course, it is not a depression. However, there is a similar condition, which is called late luteal phase dysphoric disorder, and it is a very real type of depression that affects some women during the second half of menstrual cycle.
Late luteal phase dysphoric disorder affects about 5% of women; treatment includes both medication and a number of recommendations on diet, regular and mandatory consultations with a specialist.
Myth: Depression is Incurable
One of the most dangerous myths suggests that depression treatment is not effective and expensive, it is better to just wait until it will disappear by itself. The truth is that depression treatment is usually a great help, and neglected disease is life-threatening. About 80 – 90% of people successfully recover and return to normal life, and untreated depression is №1 reason for suicides.
Myth: Antidepressants are Necessary
In fact, special drugs – antidepressants – are only necessary at severe forms of depression. In all other cases, it is possible to apply other therapies. Many experts argue that antidepressants prescribed too often, and at least in half of the cases – in vain. The so-called psychotherapy – that is, regular patient’s conversations with psychiatrist – can be very effective for mild and moderate depression.
Myth: Antidepressants are Forever
Normal period of antidepressants therapy does not exceed nine months: there are cases in which doctor prescribes medication for a longer time, but they are rare. Many people to overcome symptoms need only about six months of drug therapy.
Remember, depression is a real and also very serious illness. There is no reason to suffer, you can always ask for help and receive it. If you find depression symptoms at yourself, see your doctor, like you do in case of flu or any other disease.