There is so much misinformation and misconception when it comes to mental health. This could be preventing people from getting the help they desperately need. This is especially true for those suffering from depression, which is one of the most common mental health disorders affecting our society today. With all the myths surrounding depression, it’s time we talk openly about this serious mental health concern.
Myth #1- It’s all in my head. I’m just sad.
FACT: MRI studies show that depression causes changes in the brain that stop it from registering pleasurable activities. Depression is very real and is a serious medical condition — and the top cause of disability in American adults. But it’s still confused with ordinary sadness.
Myth #2- All depression looks the same.
FACT: There are many different faces of depression ranging from extreme and short episodes to subtle and constant. There is no wrong way to experience it. Depression affects people of all ages, ethnicity, race, gender and income levels. Yet it can look very different for each person depending on age and other factors. Recognizing the symptoms is an important first step toward finding help.
Myth #3- Medication is the only treatment.
FACT: Medication is not the only treatment option! Antidepressants work great for some people, but you have options including talk therapy, lifestyle changes and holistic approaches.
Myth #4- I need to deal with this alone.
FACT: Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. Depression is a medical issue, not one to bear alone.
Myth #5- People impacted by depression don’t get better.
FACT: With proper treatment people with depression can and do get better!
Life Management Center is here for you if you suspect you or someone you love may be experiencing depression. It is a serious condition and it affects over 17.3 million Americans. We offer crisis intervention, psychiatric care with outstanding physicians, and counseling services. You don’t have to suffer alone. Call (850) 522-4485 today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.
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