Cases of depression are increasing at an alarming rate throughout the world. As per World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 300 million people around the world are affected by depression with an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. These figures are like an alarm clock for all the countries to rethink on their action plan towards mental health. Myths, fear of social isolation and stigma are the major roadblocks for person with depression to ask for help and support and to prevent and treat those affected with this condition. It is important that we educate people properly about depression and bust the myths surrounding it. Listed below are myths people have regarding depression:
Depressed people are attention seekers
Person with depression does not want public attention, they prefer to be left alone and be secluded. They just want to run away from everyone. So next time a person with depression has an outburst, keep in mind not to say that they are doing it to grab attention.
Depression and sadness are same
Extreme sadness is often considered a symptom of depression; however it is not synonymous with it. Sadness is usually due to upsetting life experiences, however it is not constant. Meanwhile, depression is a chronic condition. Person with depression can feel anxious, lack of interest, sense of emptiness and tense in ways that impacts their daily lives very badly.
It’s all in the mind
Person with depression often hear that they are highly emotional and unnecessary exaggerating things around them. It is important to understand that they cannot control how they feel. It is very important to be supportive and compassionate, rather than telling insensitive things like, ‘Cut the drama’ or ‘You are highly sensitive.’ Making the person with depression feel guilty can worsen the issue and might trigger for suicidal thoughts.
Personal issue is the reason for depression
Depression may or may not be associated with a personal loss or traumatic incident. It might happen due to some underlying medical condition, excessive stress or as a side effect of prescribed medication. It is a medical condition which increases in severity and requires immediate medical and therapeutic attention.
Person with depression is mad
One of the major reasons, person with depression does not take medical help is the fear of stigmatization. Family members and close ones often consider person with depression as mad, which is completely false. Psychiatric counselling and therapy can help person with depression in discovering their issues and solutions to deal with them, along with a certain level of support from their family members and close ones. Person with depression can lead a normal and independent life with some medical assistance.
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Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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