Contrary to popular belief, depressive disorder is not something that’s “all in your head.” Unfortunately, although education is increasing about mental illness, there still seems to be a stigma prevalent in society about individuals who suffer from depression.
It’s common for people to use phrases like:
- “cheer up.”
- “quit focusing on the negative.”
- “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.”
So, while well-meaning friends and family members may say they are using these phrases to encourage loved ones, the effect is typically the opposite. These flippant responses to a person with depressive disorder can cause them to feel even more isolated, alone, and full of shame.
Put the Myths about Depression to Rest
Most people do not mean to cause harm by making these comments to someone with depression. Sadly, it’s just that they have bought into the misconceptions and myths about depressive disorders. Some of these common misconceptions include:
- Depression isn’t a real illness.
- Depression is the result of weakness, self-pity, or selfishness.
- Talking about depression makes it worse.
- Only women have depression.
- You have to experience something incredibly tragic and sad to have real depression.
- You can choose not to be depressed.
What Are the Facts about Depression?
The truth is depression is a legitimate medical issue resulting from an imbalance of chemicals in the brain and/or problems with brain structure and function. Also, environmental and biological factors can play roles in the condition.
Depression symptoms vary from person to person. For example, some symptoms include:
- Body aches
- Sleep disturbance or sleeping too much
- Loss of appetite or binge eating
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Feelings of intense sadness, self-doubt, and hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
As a result, people who suffer from depressive disorder need to have support from loved ones and help and treatment from a professional in the mental health field. Moreover, a combination of medication and/or pychotherapy has shown excellent results that can lead to a full recovery.
Finding Help for Depressive Disorder through Positive Living Psychotherapy
Effective counseling for depressive disorders can guide individuals suffering from psychotherapy to a healthier place in their lives. At Positive Living Psychotherapy, we believe the healing begins when you understand the truth about depression and dispel the myths.
Whether you are experiencing depressive disorder for the first time or have been struggling for years, Dr. Maureen Keown, the licensed psychologist at Positive Living, provides the support and one-on-one counseling you need. Delivering a therapy blend of traditional psychotherapy and positive psychotherapy, Dr. Keown helps her clients to take the necessary steps to find healing and peace in their lives.
Are you ready to experience a life free from the chains of depressive disorder? Don’t let the lies and misconceptions about depression hold you back from getting the professional help you need. Health and healing are in your future if you reach out today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Keown at Positive Living Psychotherapy by connecting with her online now.