3 Severe Depression Myths Answered

January 21, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Depression Symptoms   |   Comments Off»

3 Myths about Severe Depression Answered

Depression is a leading cause of disability in America. With varying levels of depression and extremely different opinions on the matter, many myths have developed. In helping those with severe depression, who feel they have nowhere left to turn, we are going to debunk some of these myths. It is important to know there is a large difference between someone who is situationally depressed, versus someone who has had severe trauma and damage, leading to a major depressive disorder.

Myth #1 – Depression Only Influences The Mind
Status: Debunked!

This is untrue. People with depression do possess a myriad of psychological symptoms; loss of interests, inability to enjoy, emptiness, sadness, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. They may also exhibit a wide array of physical symptoms including slowed movements, insomnia, headaches, poor eating habits, tardiness and absenteeism as well as withdrawal. To recognize depression, you should be aware of the entire spectrum of symptoms.

Myth #2 – Only Women Suffer From Depression
Status: Debunked!

Again, untrue. It is easy to blame cyclic depression in women on premenstrual syndrome. While some women can temporarily suffer severe depression during this time, men suffer from depression as well and they even go through their own hormonal periods. It is true that more women are diagnosed with depression than are men. It also is true that men will try harder to mask their symptoms and be more ashamed of their feelings and weaknesses. Severe depression knows no gender. It can affect anyone whose brain connectivity has been damaged as a result of untreated stress or trauma.

Myth #3 – Depression is Untreatable with Medication
Status: Plausible, but not Debunked!

It depends. Depending on how long a patient has been depressed, and the severity of the condition, medication and therapy may or may not work to help alleviate the symptoms. In more severe and treatment resistant cases, Ketamine infusion therapy has been proven to be a more rapid and effective alternative to other treatments.

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