Get the Facts About Depression

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 11th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Clinical depression is a mental disorder and the number on mental disorder in Canada. Yet, there are still people who do not believe depression is debilitating at all. This article attempts to break down the myths about depression.

Debunking the myths

Here are some of the common myths This article is a continuation of depression series please refer to end of the article for the previous link.

Only people who have lost all will to live are depressed

People generally feel that depression is only depression when it is most severe. That simply is not the case. There is several types of depression which are mild, moderate, or severe. People also feel that depression hits you overnight.

That also is not true. Depression can happen so slowly the you may not recognize the symptoms. First you might just not feel like doing the social activities you are used to doing, then you may not want to try new things and soon you find you are not interested in associating with your friends and so on. Dysthemia is a chronic form of depression that lasts for years. It is a mild form of general malaise that can interfere with your choices and success in life.

Prozac Nation

When you are depressed you will be pumped up with drugs for life. This is not true. Drug therapy is the therapy used for clinic depression. People who experience mild to moderate depression are helped by the various forms of talk therapy. These people do not use drugs at all.

Even people who have a chemical imbalance in the brain that require drug therapy do not have to take drugs for the rest of their lives. Some depressions require a very short period for drug therapy.

Can you see depression?

Here are some of the common myths

It is easy to spot depressed people; they cry a lot

Some depressed people do cry a lot and others do not cry at all. People have this notion that depressed people will be easy to spot because they are the people in the corner at a party with their head hanging low. They also could be the people who are argumentative at your work or the big mouths or people trying to make everyone happy. That is when they are still able to socialize.

Many times depressed people do not show any symptoms at all. They have what is clinically called flat affect. They don’t feel anything. What would be a happy occasion for a person who is not depressed such as a graduation, new job, birthday, and so on no longer has any meaning for the depressed person.

Depression runs in families

Although there is evidence to support that there is a genetic factor involved in depression, it does not mean that you are doomed to becoming depressed. Depression can also be due to environmental factors. If you look out for early signs of depression, eat well, exercise, and get counselling for your life issues, you have a good chance of preventing depression in the first place. Learn how to cope with stress early on and you will be better prepared. However, should you become depressed get help immediately. Do not wait until it develops into a clinical depression.

Depression is a natural part of aging

No depression is not a natural part of aging. Many times depression is overlooked in the elderly because of this belief. New research is showing that more and more seniors are depressed. The reasons vary from poverty, to illness, loneliness, poor eating and sleeping patterns and so on.

Memory loss and depression

Memory loss in older people is not due to depression but always due to dementia.

Though dementia is certainly a main concern for older people the fact remains that memory loss is also triggered by depression. Sometimes it is fine line between the two. Caregivers and some professions can confuse one disability with another. The key would be to get the treatment such as psychotherapy. This treatment will help if the memory loss is due to depression.

Talking about depression is not helpful

Though once it was believed that talking about your depression kept you in that thought pattern. Talking about depression with a professional is actually a good thing. Depressed people get to air what is on their soul; sometimes for the very first time.

Many depressed people feel that talking about it to family members and friends is not a good thing.

They don’t want to be a burden or a party pooper. They may feel they really have nobody to talk to or nobody to understand them. A trained therapist is equipped to listen, to understand, to support to guide and to offer psychotherapy. The therapist will address negative thoughts by offering a more positive thought scenario, they will help with suggestions for improving life style and relationship issues and offer suggestions for community resources to deal with life issues such as job training or low cost housing and food banks.

to be continued

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Depression: Debunking the Myths

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2015 (#)

We used to talk about reactive and endogenous depression - caused either by events or by chemical imbalances - but I understand that psychiatrists prefer not to use those terms these days.

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author avatar Jennifer Dombrowski
11th Sep 2015 (#)

You wrote a perfect article on depression as I spent over 20 years in depression. I remember my first depression when I was 10 years old. It was not a pleasant experience. Good job keep up the excellent articles!

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author avatar peachpurple
11th Sep 2015 (#)

My parents don't have depression but my bro had ocd, bsd depression that gave him suicidal thoughts. He was told me to take cate of my parents. That freak me out

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author avatar brendamarie
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank-you for this great and informative article Carol. I learn so much from the articles you write.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Sep 2015 (#)

Very well versed article and informative as well Carol.

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