Depression is a common and serious mental health problem in the United States. Yet, there is a stigma associated with depression and those it affects.
Here are 12 common myths surrounding depression. When more people have a better understanding of depression, that stigma may eventually disappear.
1) Myth: Depression is not a legitimate illness.
Clinical depression is a chronic medical condition that can have a powerful effect on a person's mood and thoughts.
2) Myth: It's all in your head.
HuffingtonPost.com wrote that, “according to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression goes beyond someone’s mood. It can manifest as fatigue, insomnia, chronic muscle aches and chest pains.”
3) Myth: Depression is a sign of personal weakness.
Depression is a serious brain disorder. It can result from problems with brain chemicals, genetic makeup, and from life experiences, or a combination of these.
4) Myth: There is no cure for depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health conducted a large study on depression and treatment. It found that 70 percent of people found freedom from depression through medications, wrote WebMD.com.
5) Myth: Once you are diagnosed with depression, it lasts forever.
Many people with mild-to-moderate clinical depression have no problems when they stop taking antidepressant medication. And many never experience another episode of depression, wrote EverydayHealth.com.
6) Myth: Depression is simply feeling blue or sad.
There’s a huge difference between clinical depression and feeling blue or sad. Depression is a chronic medical condition that can lasts from a few weeks to more than a year. Depression doesn’t quickly go away.
7) Myth: The best treatment for depression is antidepressant medication.
Antidepressants are usually the first thing people think of as treatment for depression. But in truth, the most helpful treatment for depression may be a combination of medication and talk therapy, stated West Virginia University Health Center.