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Myths About Depression

Introduction

Those suffering from depression have their ups and downs.  However, what is true about depression?  What is false about depression?  This article will explore the myths about depression.

If I Have Depression I’m Crazy Or Just Weak

According to psychcentral.com, it can argued if I have depression I’m just plain crazy or weak.  This statement is plain false.  According to psychcentral.com, having a mental disorder doesn’t mean your crazy.  It just means you may have some concerns that you may need to deal with.  It also does not mean you are weak.  You are a strong person that can fight depression.

Depression Is A Medical Disease, Just Like Diabetes

According to psychcentral.com, it can be argued that depression is a medical disease, just like diabetes.  This is not true.  Depression is a mental illness that has “psychological, social, and biological roots,” according to psychcentral.com.

Depression Is Just An Extreme Form Of Sadness Or Grief

According to psychcentral.com, it can be argued that depression is just an extreme form of sadness or grief.  However, depression is more than extreme sadness or grief.  It does not last for one day.  It can last for days or months, even.

Depression Just Affects Old People And Women

According to According to psychcentral.com, it can be stated that depression affects old people and women.  However, depression can affect anyone.  According to psychcentral.com, while women have a tendency to suffer from depression more than men, men suffer from depression as well.  In addition, old people just don’t suffer from depression.  Teenagers and young adults also suffer from depression too.  It does not matter what gender or age you are.  Your changes are equal.

I’ll have To Be On Medications And Treatment For The Rest Of My Life

According to psychcentral.com, another myth associated with depression is I’ll have to be on medication and treatment for the rest of my life.  While it may be argued that treatment for depression may be considered a life-long treatment, most people receive the treatment they need for a certain amount of time and then end the treatment.

Conclusion

This article has provided readers with five specific myths associated with depression.  They include: If I Have Depression I’m Crazy Or Just Weak, Depression Is A Medical Disease, Just Like Diabetes, Depression Is Just An Extreme Form Of Sadness Or Grief, Depression Just Affects Old People And Women, and I’ll have To Be On Medications And Treatment For The Rest Of My Life.

 

 

 

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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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2017). Myths About Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2017/07/myths-about-depression/

 

Last updated: 15 Jul 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Jul 2017
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