6 Myths And Facts About Depression.
We usually confuse Depression with stress, sadness, anxiety, grief, and so on. But as anyone with depression knows it is, much more than any one word can define. It takes a person’s life to the point where they no longer remember how they all started in the first place. New technology and new research show that depression is a disease, just like asthma or heart failure. Here are 6 myths and facts about depression. Courtesy of Michigan Medicine
1. Depression Isn’t Real
2. Depression Always Get Better By Itself
3. Children Cannot Get Depression
4. Depression Only Happens If Something Bad Happens
5. If You Can’t Get Over Depression You Are Weak
6. Only People Are Very Depressed Need Medicine
According to the American Psychiatric Association.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide