In contrast to somatic diseases, which almost always find themselves in dire physical pain and other external manifestations of bright, depression often do not receive appropriate treatment, although it is quite debilitating and serious illness.
Absenteeism , a significant decrease in working capacity, testicular problems, disruption of relations with children, parents, friends, etc. – these are the few of the existing consequences that threaten the lack of treatment.
It is aggravated by the failure of a person and his family to seek help from specialists, and the fact that depression is fanned by many myths that do not correspond to reality at all.
Myth No. 1. The opinion that you can cope with depression on your own, you just need to have willpower, is absolutely absurd! You can endlessly repeat a loved one who is in “Why the doldrums do not you ceases to be sad … Lying on the couch … silent … and so on”, but not to any effect that does not lead. Depression is a medical condition. Like any disease, it has its causes, its symptoms, its own treatment regimens and individual, special psychiatrists who deal with it . Severe forms of depression generally need to be treated in a hospital. Therefore, trying to appeal to the willpower of a person suffering from depression is tantamount to the fact that you will treat appendicitis with persuasion.
Myth number 2. “It’s all in his head.” Not always: depression can also have biological causes. You should never start her pharmacological treatment without correct diagnosis. It is necessary to establish the presence or absence of biological disorders of the body.
Myth # 3. Depression is a shame. Sometimes a person experiencing depression may feel like they are going crazy. Going to a psychiatrist or a psychotherapist is seen as unacceptable, since there is a fear of getting the stigma of mental illness. All this, of course , is not at all true: depression is not a conscious moral position of a person. This is a disease, it is curable and there is nothing to be ashamed of. If you are afraid that contacting specialists will entail registration, contact anonymously a private clinic, where confidentiality measures are absolutely guaranteed.
Myth # 4. Does depression make a person incapacitated? Not! People receiving treatment continue to raise children, go to work, write dissertations, do household chores, take care of animals, etc. Combining various treatments for depression produces remarkable results and brings back a colorful life experience.
Myth # 5. Does psychotherapy not work? Works both in combination with drugs and without them. But in cases of severe depression, pharmacological treatment is also necessary.
Myth # 6. Medication for depression is addictive. Modern medicines, if prescribed correctly, do not cause any addiction . They do not cause dependence either, when an increasing dose is required over time. On the contrary, over time, with proper treatment, the doctor will prescribe a decrease in the dose of the drug.
Myth # 7. Depression is the same for everyone. It is not true, it manifests itself in different ways, has different degrees of manifestation, and its features depend on many factors.
Myth # 8. Depression is not related to the use of alcohol and other chemicals. This is not the case. The relationship is direct: many alcoholics and drug addicts have become such, thus trying to “treat” depression. Remember: there are no diseases that can be cured with alcohol or drugs. (If you go back to our metaphor, you will not treat appendicitis with vodka , will you ?)
Thus, the myths associated with depression have no real basis and only reflect a misconception about it. Depression is curable, you just need to see a doctor on time.