The Fortnight Chase – Myths and Facts about Depression (Part-2)
Continuing from the last post, we are understanding myths that are spread about depression with no ethical evidence. Also, some facts about depression that we need to know better. We practice some of the myths without questioning because they are told to us in the family. Many times, we don’t bother to question our family. Likewise, we don’t question the facts that our friends and family tell us.
Myths about Depression
Depression is a part of ageing
Most people navigate the challenges of ageing without becoming depressed. Older people may hide their sadness or have different, vague symptoms. Medical problems can trigger depression in seniors — and depression can slow recovery from a heart attack or surgery.
Talking makes things worse
Earlier, it was advised not to talk about the depressing problem with the victim. Today, there’s evidence that guided discussions with a professional can make things much better; by addressing negative thought patterns, unconscious feelings, or relationship troubles. The first step is to talk to a mental health professional.
Teens are unhappy by nature
Although many teens are moody, argumentative but prolonged sadness or irritability is not normal for teens. When unhappiness lasts more than two weeks, it may be a sign of depression which develops in about one in 11 teens.
Depression is tough to treat
The reality is that most people who take action to lift their depression do get better. 70% of people became symptom-free through medications — though not always with the first medicine. Studies show that the best treatment is often a combination of medication and talk therapy.
Hope for better days is real
In the depths of depression, people may think there’s no hope for a better life. This hopelessness is part of the illness, not a reality. With treatment, positive thinking gradually replaces negative thoughts. Sleep and appetite improve as the depressed mood lifts.
It is not always depression
Some life events cause sadness or disappointment but do not become clinical depression. Grief is normal after a death, divorce, loss of a job, or diagnosis of a serious health problem. One clue of a need for treatment: the sadness is constant every day, most of the day.
Exercise is a good medicine
Very good studies show that regular, moderately intense exercise can improve symptoms of depression. Exercise with some medicines works for people with mild to moderate depression.
I am taking part in fortnight-long blogging challenge – BarAThon 2018
I am writing on the theme – Chase to Mental health