Monday, October 19, 2009

7 Myths of Depression | World of Psychology

Excerpt taken from World of Psychology 

By John M Grohol PsyD

October 18, 2009

Depression is often viewed as the “common cold” of mental disorders, because it is so prevalent in our lives. The lifetime prevalence of depression suggests that more than 1 in 9 people could be diagnosed with the disorder at one point in their lives. And unlike some other mental disorders, depression affects virtually every aspect of what you do and how you interact with others. Every year, it wreaks havoc in millions of Americans’ lives, especially amongst those who believe it is something you should just “get over” on your own.

Here are seven common myths about depression, and the facts that answer them.

1. Depression means I’m really “crazy” or just weak.

2. Depression is a medical disease, just like diabetes.

3. Depression is just an extreme form of sadness or grief.

4. Depression just affects old people, losers and women.

5. I’ll have to be on medications or in treatment for the rest of my life.

6. All I need is an antidepressant to treat depression effectively.

7. I’m doomed! My parents (or grandparents or great uncle) had depression, and isn’t it inherited?

I have only give the 7 reasons without the discussion and details of each.  Please visit:  7 Myths of Depression | World of Psychology  For the full article.

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