I think that the negative stigmas surrounding mental health problems are the main reason why people choose to suffer in silence rather than seek the help that they need. People can be made to feel ashamed of depression due to lack of knowledge, understanding and belief in common misconceptions and I’m glad that’s finally changing.
1. “Depression means that you’re sad all the time”
Sadness is a symptom of depression, not depression itself. Sadness comes and goes, where as depression causes a range of unpleasant emotions that can make every day life very difficult to live. However, it’s a myth that people with depression never feel happy or have fun.
2. “People with depression don’t go out”
Of course, depression can make it much harder to enjoy socializing, but people who suffer from depression don’t just lie in bed and watch Netflix all day. At the end of the day, you have to be resilient and get on with every day life, no matter how challenging it may be at times.
3. “Depression is caused my traumatic events”
It’s very likely that past traumatic events can trigger or lead to mental health issues in later life, but this is not the only cause. When it comes to mental health, depression doesn’t discriminate and it can affect anyone at any time.
4. “Antidepressants are the magic solution”
There is no “cure” for depression, it’s not only a mental disorder, but also a biological and psychological condition. However, depending on the situation, doctors may prescribe antidepressants, but this is usually accompanied by therapy or counselling. On top of that, anyone suffering with mental health issues need lots of love and support from their friends and family.
5. “Depression is all in your head”
As well as emotional side effects, depression can cause physical symptoms, such as, insomnia, headaches, joint and muscle pains and changes in appetite which can cause the person to gain or loose weight. However, everyone is different and symptoms vary from person to person, so you never know how depression is going to effect you.
Thank you for reading this post, I think it’s really important to continue raising awareness on the stigmas surrounding mental health. Please don’t forget to follow my blog for more weekly posts!