5 Myths about Depression

1. Depression is feeling sad

Depression can mean feeling sad but it is much more than that. It can mean feeling a debilitating hopelessness, desperation, despair, irritability, or sometimes it means being unable to feel anything at all.

2. Depression is constant

Depression is felt at varying degrees of severity and is episodic. This means someone who appeared fine last week can be depressed this week, or in some cases change hour to hour. Although there may be triggers, the symptoms of the illness are by nature unpredictable.

3. Depression is clearly defined

Depression affects every one who experiences it in different ways. While some people have weight gain, others have weight loss, and some find themselves unable to sleep while others can’t seem to get out of bed. Likewise people do not respond to the same treatments in the same way either. What works for one person may not work for another.

4. Depression is limited in scope

Depression affects a person body, mind, and soul and permeates every aspect of their life. Not only is their mood affected, but at times so too are their cognitive functions like their ability to concentrate, to focus and to remember things. Additionally people experience many physical symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, low energy and even flu like aches and pains. Another often overlooked impact is that chronic lack of self care may eventually wreak havoc on the body in the form of skin infections, dental issues, and diabetes to note a few.

5. Depression cannot be seen

Depression can be seen in the changed behaviour of the person who has it. Their general appearance may be less kept than usual, such as dirty hair, wearing the same clothes over and over, and a general lack of effort in their personal appearance, or that of their home and family. Perhaps you don’t see them any more socially, or they are not as talkative, or punctual. Maybe they have stopped talking about and doing things that interest them. They may have adopted a devil may care attitude, might appear stoic, or blunted emotionally, or alternately have emotional outbursts of anger, or crying. Any negative changes that persist over time could signify a person needs help.

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Mentally Me – C/P