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Common Misconceptions About Depression

Common Misconceptions About Depression

It is true that nearly every mental illness is faced with misconceptions, stigmas, and myths surrounding them, and we are still learning each and every day how to best navigate the world of these illnesses and the healing process that works best with them. There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to healing from various mental illnesses, as different methods work for everyone. Depression is a prominent disorder that unfortunately affects millions of people around the world, and there are plenty of misconceptions that come along with it. With Dr. Messina, located in Southlake, depression is handled with care, understanding, and with the best-personalized treatment that suits your individual needs. Today, we will go over some of the misconceptions you might come across regarding the topic of depression.

 

Misconception 1: Depression is Not Real

Many of those who have not been personally affected by depression might not even believe that this illness is real. It is not always easy to understand what someone may be going through internally, especially if you have not experienced these feelings firsthand. Depression is a very real disease, and it comes in a wide variety of forms and differing degrees of severity. Depression is considered a psychological, biological, and social disorder-this means it affects way more than just someone’s state of mind. Depression can easily affect several important areas of one’s life, and the symptoms can manifest physically, too. Extreme exhaustion, loss of appetite, an increased appetite, restlessness, and irritableness are all common symptoms that affect individuals battling depression. A lot of people struggle with this condition and just assume that everyone feels this way from time to time and that it is normal. If you suspect you are dealing with some level of depression, seek out professional help so that you can receive the appropriate help you need as soon as possible.

 

Misconception 2: You Just Have to Deal with Depression

It is a common misconception that if you are feeling depressed or even diagnosed with the illness, it is now just an aspect of your life and it just needs to be dealt with as a normal part of life. This is absolutely not the case, as we are now aware of just how prominent this disorder is, and we are aware of the many various tools at our disposal to best combat it. No one should ever feel like they just have to suck it up and go about their everyday life while feeling symptoms of depression. There are numerous forms of antidepressants available via a prescription that are able to treat many varying degrees of this condition, it just might take some fine-tuning to perfect the dosage and whatnot.

If medication is not a viable option for whatever reason, attendance of regular therapy sessions, among other tools, is great when it comes to treating depression. Staying as consistent as possible with attending therapy is crucial when battling depression, and it is one of the best ways when it comes down to obtaining a better understanding of what is happening within your mind and body. Your therapist can equip you with the appropriate means for tackling depression, and with consistency, it will pay off so much in the long run.

 

Misconception 3: Depression is an Indication of Weakness

It is often misunderstood that depression is an indication of weakness in a person, which could not be further from the truth. Depression does not discriminate who it affects, and it can be brought on by a multitude of factors. People who seemingly have everything can struggle with depression, as well as people who have nothing to be “depressed” about. The brain’s chemical make-up is not in a normal place when someone is dealing with depression, and there is not one specific thing that onsets the condition in someone. The stigma surrounding depression is a primary reason why it is viewed as a weakness, which is why it is so important to raise awareness and promote understanding about what this disorder entails. If you struggle with depression, it is imperative to remember that it is not at all a weakness and never your fault.

 

Misconception 4: You Will Have to Take Medication Forever

The last misconception that is commonly believed when it comes to depression is that medication is the only way to improve and that using medication daily has to go on forever. As we mentioned above, there are a number of ways to help combat depression, such as attending regular therapy and utilizing any tools that your certified professional provides you with. While scientific advancement and the use of medication is an extraordinary thing, it does not mean that daily medication is going to have to be taken for the rest of time. Many individuals thrive on the various forms of antidepressants, and over time, with the conjunction of other tools, it is completely possible to wean off consistent usage of an antidepressant. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has also shown to be a highly useful form of therapy when it comes to treating depression. Antidepressants are phenomenal for when they are needed, and if they have to be taken for a long period of time that is completely okay and acceptable.


Unfortunately, there are still so many misconceptions when it comes down to the subject of depression and the treatment of it. This disorder does not discriminate at all, and it can affect absolutely any individual at any stage in life. Understanding what this condition entails can help end the numerous stigmas that have been formed surrounding it, and it is becoming more widely understood as time goes on.

Getting Help

If you are in need of help, Dr. Messina & Associates is highly equipped and ready to walk with you during the journey of healing.

We specialize in anxiety and depression in children, adolescents, and adults and continues to provide psychological and psychiatric services in-person in our DFW (Southlake) Offices, as well as online. 

References

https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/article.aspx?id=a655c7e2-fe37-4817-887b-c762ff455b23

https://www.communityreachcenter.org/news/six-common-misconceptions-about-depression/

 

Author
Dr. Michael Messina

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