Depression is a negative force which takes over your mind and body, increases pessimism in your approach and virtually takes out the element of life from time and space. It’s a chronic condition that is widely misunderstood all around the globe. Depression can be fatal if it is not taken seriously. In this article, we will go through a few widely held misconceptions about this condition.
5 Common Misconceptions about Depression
1. It’s Simply a Mental Weakness
First and foremost, you have to understand that depression is not a sign of mental weakness. It’s not something to be ashamed of and it is definitely not something which you should hide from the world. It is a clinical disorder which has to be treated appropriately and in line with medical science. If you are suffering from depression, you should go and see a doctor and seek help from people around you as opposed to hiding it as if you chose to suffer from it.
2. It is a Permanent Disease
Depression is rarely a permanent condition and if you follow the right prescription, it can be treated. There is a common misconception that once you start taking the medicine for the treatment, you will keep taking it for the rest of your life. This is actually very rarely the case for the majority of people. If you take medicine and use professional medical advice at the right time and adhere to the treatment prescribed by your doctor, it can be improved sooner than you think.
3. It Will Just Go Away On Its Own
Another misconception with depression is that people think it is just a phase which will fade away with time – more like a passing cloud. You need to understand that it’s a serious condition which needs proper attention and treatment. If you are suffering from it, you have to follow the recommended treatment guidelines. Treat your early symptoms as the only way of preventing the condition from becoming overwhelming.
4. Prescribed Medication is the Only Cure
Of course, medicine is historically one of the best ways to treat depression but it is not the only one. Depression can be treated without medicine. It depends on the severity of the disease and your doctor. Your doctor will study the symptoms and if it can be treated with the help of some psychological intervention and physical exercise then they will suggest this instead. Normally when depression it is diagnosed in its early stages, it can be treated easily with the combination of psychological and physical activities.
5. It’s Because of Your Past or Childhood
It is widely believed that depression is an after effect of some terrible events in your past, this can be the case but in reality it isn’t the case for most people. Depression can hit a perfectly normal and healthy person who has had a happy past. It has nothing to do with your past; it can be anything in your day to day life. It could be something in your subconscious which is still untold. If you exhibit the symptoms, it is better to consult the medical experts. Proper treatment is the only cure for this disease.
Every disease should be treated following the guidelines of medical science. Depression needs positive intervention but first, it needs to be discussed and accepted. Most social segments do not accept it as a disease which forces its patients to hide it from them. The first step to overcoming it is being vocal and positive about it.
— Marcus regularly blogs at psysci , a psychology, science blog that examines the latest research and explains how findings can impact and improve people’s lives. psysci.co
This is a guest post from Marcus at psyci.co. The opinions and information in this post are that of the author. Always seek medical help from a qualified professional before taking any information as advice and acting upon it.