About 1 in every 20 Americans struggle with some level of depression, yet most do not seek treatment for their condition.
Usually, those who have it simply do not believe there is anything wrong with them or they are unaware that they have any condition at all.
Many receive terrible advice on how to handle their conditions, and we're sharing some of the doozies we've heard over the years in this blog post.
- "They are just sad people." – Some equate sadness with depression, but sadness usually comes and goes, and is situational. Depression cannot be solved by the passage of time or by thinking happy thoughts.
- "It’s all in your head." – Despite the evidence that depression is a medical issue, some still argue that one can “snap out of it” by thinking positive thoughts. Most people suffering from depression aren't able to simply overpower it with mental strength.
- "It runs in the family." – This is a gray area. While there is evidence to suggest that genetics can play a role in depression, it is an extremely low risk. Because a parent or grandparent suffers from depression, by no means are you guaranteed to have it.
- "Just don’t talk about it." – Many think that talking about your condition is only going to make things worse. However, the experts believe acknowledging the symptoms of depression and talking to others about it is the first step toward getting better.
- "Treatment is for the weak." – 'Only the strong survive', the old adage goes. But, getting help for depression – be it therapy, medication or both – is not a sign of weakness. Depression is a medical condition that will only improve with treatment.
- "Significant life events cause depression." – Experts believe that certain events can trigger depression, but there is a deeper cause than one significant event. Your doctor will look at multiple symptoms, how long you’ve had them and whether you’ve received any treatment for them before reaching a diagnosis of depression.
- "Only women have depression." – Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression as men. However, a 2012 survey found 5.2 percent of U.S. males had at least one depressive episode, compared to 8.4 percent for women.