Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States with 18.8 million individuals affected at any given time. Despite its widespread presence, depression is widely misunderstood because it’s hard to understand it if you don’t experience it.
For example, many may look at depressed people as being simply lazy or uncaring when such an assessment couldn’t be further from the truth.
Some basic things can be a major struggle. Caring or working with someone with depression can be an enigma much of the time.
Nevertheless, this article will debunk many of the myths typically associated with depression.
Only “Weak” People Suffer from Depression
Many influential individuals, including prominent leaders, have suffered from depression. For example, look no further than Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most revered presidents. He was plagued with depression throughout his life.
Depression is Just Extreme, Explainable Sadness
It is common for individuals to suffer from melancholy or deep sadness for understandable reasons; for example, due to the death of a relative.
Unlike most other forms of sadness, it’s not necessarily circumstantial, and it can go on without any end in sight.
Only Women Are Affected by Depression
Abraham Lincoln was already mentioned as a famously depressed politician; actor Robin Williams and writer David Foster Wallace let depression lead them to suicide. Even Brad Pitt has suffered from depression.
Depression is Completely Genetic
Research has shown having a relative with depression only increases your risk of getting depression marginally — by 10 to 15 percent.
So, while depression may not always be passed on genetically — nature, as psychologists like to call it — it can be passed on via nurture, so to speak.
Depression Goes Away Quickly and Easily
As aforementioned, depression usually doesn’t go away quickly. Nor does it usually go away quickly. Most antidepressants take six weeks to take full effect, and furthermore, two-thirds of patients don’t have success with their first antidepressant prescribed.
Depression and Suicide Are Inextricably Linked
While it is true than two-thirds of individuals who commit suicide have depression, a full one-third suffer from alcoholism instead.
Depression is a psychiatric condition that should not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one are suffering symptoms of depression, seek medical care immediately. Depression is common.
Depression affects children as well. Learn about five possible causes of depression in children.