Despite depression being quite a common medical condition these days, which is engulfing mostly adolescents and adults, and has affected over 350 million of the global population, it is often quite misunderstood. At least 17% of the residents in the US undergo a major depressive period at least once in their lifetime. One of the most effective treatments that you can impart to a depressed person is understanding the depressive phase. Hence, here are some pervasive myths that need to be debunked, in order to understand depression well.
1. Depression is just about feeling sad and low:
This saying only stands true in the preliminary phase of this mental condition, but its symptoms are not just confined to this emotion. Other symptoms which depressed people often undergo include fatigue, insomnia, sleeping issues, trouble falling asleep, sleeping beyond the usual hours, perplexity in deciding something, restlessness, and many more. Sadness, being a normal emotion that targets almost every individual, lasts longer than 2 weeks in depressed people.
2. Depression is a sign of weakness:
There is numerous stigma attached to mental issues like depression, anxiety, nervousness, and other mental/neurological disorders. Those who suffer from the aforesaid conditions are often termed as weak or flawed. Citing this reason, people experiencing mental issues such as depression, anxiety, and other ailments are reluctant to seek medical and expert aid. Such patients might end up blaming themselves or the people around them for their plight.
3. Only women fall prey to depression:
While it is a true fact that women are 70% more vulnerable to conditions like depression, men are not completely safeguarded against this. Almost more than 6 million males have reported falling prey