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The Myths About Depression

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Have you ever been depressed before? Have people told you simply to get over it? Have you felt like these people did not understand what you were going through? Well, there are many myths associated with depression. This article will describe some of these myths and further explain why these myths are not true.

Myth 1:It’s All In Your Head

Has someone ever told you if think positively you will feel better and your depression will go away? It can be argued these people believe depression is all in your head. However, this statement is farthest from the truth. Depression is not just in someone’s head. According to Hall (2014), “Emotional symptoms are often thought of as the main characteristics associated with depression, but it doesn’t stop there. Many people with depression find themselves coping with ailments all over their bodies. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression can manifest as fatigue, insomnia, unusual changes in appetite, chronic muscle aches and chest pains. By promoting the idea that depression is only mental, we overlook these physical signs of the more serious issue at hand.” With that said, depression is not just a mental disorder but can also cause physiological symptoms, as well.

Myth 2: Talking About It Only Makes It Worse

You may feel depressed and not want to talk about it. You may think if you talk about your depression you will only feel worse. However, this is not true. The opposite is actually true. By attending therapy, for example, you will be able to talk about your symptoms associated with depression with a qualified professional. You will no longer be holding your thoughts in and will feel a lot better and more courageous about yourself. According to Hall (2014), “By abandoning the stigma associated with the disorder and being receptive to those who are concerned for their well-being or that of a loved one, we are able to initiate the conversation in a proactive, helpful way rather than reinforce destructive, negative feelings.”

Conclusion

With that said, depression is not a myth. It is a real disorder. It is not all in your head and talking about depression does not make it worse. These statements are simply myths. Do not follow what they say. They are inaccurate. Use your best judgment and believe in yourself. Take advantage of the treatment you have. Use it to become better and reach your optimal potential.

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The Myths About Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). The Myths About Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/03/the-myths-about-depression/

 

Last updated: 4 Mar 2016
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