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Do You Believe These 5 Depression Myths?
Depressions myths are harmful. Learn the truth.
Depression doesn't discriminate and affects people from every walk of life. Approximately 19 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year. Many of these people attempt suicide and end their lives. Depression isn't something to take lightly. Know and understand these myths.
Many different things cause depression and aren't medical in nature.
Life changes: the death of a loved one, job changes, moving, and children leaving home
Family stress: marital problems, separation, divorce and care giving
Money problems: debt, bankruptcy, loss of job or financial support.
These are all emotional issues that can cause depression. Just because these are emotional doesn't mean the depression shouldn't be taken seriously.
There are also many medical causes for depression. These stem from hormone imbalances, diabetes, stroke and cancer. A family history of depression can make you more susceptible to depression too.
If you suffer from depression, your first step is seeing your doctor to have tests run and discover the cause.
Myth #2 -- Depression is untreatable
There are many different treatment methods for depression. These include medications, therapy, and psychoeducation. Medications include antidepressants prescribed by your doctor. Therapy is good for emotional sources of depression like those listed above. Psychoeducation teaches you and your family about depression and gives you the skills to manage it.
Myth #3 -- Depression is a normal part of life
Feeling down in the dumps is a normal part of life. Nothing is perfect and once in a while, you'll find yourself experiencing things that make you sad. Signs of true depression are a low energy level, feelings of sadness, nervousness, hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness that don't go away.
Other signs of depression may be sleeping and eating too little or too much, wanting to be alone most of the time and thinking about death and suicide.
Myth #4 -- Depression will go away by itself
Depression does not go away by itself and is a serious condition. If you or someone you love suffers from depression, seek medical help.
Myth #5 -- Depression only affects women
Although twice as many women suffer from depression than men, it doesn't play favorites. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents are depressed. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, suicide accounts for 12.0% of all deaths every year.
Depression is a serious condition affecting millions of people every year. If you or someone you know has any sign of depression seek help immediately.