Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year.

Sadly a lot of people choose to ignore the symptoms out of shame, guilt, or pride. However as you can see the numbers speak for themselves. So why are misconceptions still surrounding depression?

The world’s view of depression is completely wrong. Just because they could not see the shadow or understand my pain does not make it any less valid.

Depression kills your will power.

If I had one word to describe depression I would have to say, it is infuriating .Depression is a draining, hopeless, and a loveless experience. As much as I wanted to appease them I could not. Depression is not something I could just snap out of so I found a way to balance out the two. After seeking help my symptoms subsided and now I have focused and clear goals.

If you are reading this and find yourself in the same position that I was, please remember, that it is not your fault. You are depressed. You are going through a lot. I know and I understand your pain.

Here are the top three misconceptions about depression and how to control the symptoms in any environment:

Misconception #1 Depression is constantly equated to sadness when in fact it is an illness that requires diagnoses and treatment.

Why? Many depressed individuals say that therapy and anti-depressant medications don’t contribute to their recovery, but they can. Depression treatment is not one size fits all. Do not let the opinions of others be your ‘end be all’ when deciding to get help and the type of help you need. Make the best choice for yourself by talking to professionals in the field. Depression causes a lot of pain and a way to overcome that is to acknowledge that you deserve help. The right help.

Solution: Treatment in a therapy environment could have a major positive impact on your life and career.  It is important that you don’t compromise your health, happiness, and income during this period. Therapy can help assist you in maintaining a balanced life while battling the symptoms.

Misconception #2 The person you are talking too is not in touch with their feelings and would prefer you to be happy to make them comfortable.

You will have days where you feel like telling everyone how miserable you are. Some will show you concern and others will become angry with you. Some people feel depression is caused by ungratefulness or a lack of faith which can leave you feeling guilty. And that’s when you find a new friend and confide in someone who can empathize with you because depression impacts your thoughts and actions from a mental state. Take caution with cutting people off though. Depression can make you want to pull away but do your best to be honest with your friends and family and forgive those who can’t come to an understanding.

Solution: Remember, depression will cloud your judgment.

Don’t snap or go off on people. Let them be who they are and you be who you are. Don’t suffer silently but be prepared for the fact that this will make some people uncomfortable due to the unfortunate misconceptions in our society. Just choose a select few who can handle being a shoulder to you while you are recovering.

Misconception #3 The world is constantly moving at a fast pace and depression is not a problem you can solve fast.

Solution: People are used to fast everything these days which makes it hard for them to understand that it can take months even years to sort out your depression triggers and how to handle them.

You need to heal at your own pace and rushing your recovery won’t resolve it.

Now, there are two exceptions to this:

Exception #1:Work. If depression is impacting our work performance, you should let your boss knows what is happening and that you are working diligently to get back to being engaged. If your job is causing the depression, I highly recommend switching industries.

Exception #2: You are doing nothing. As much as I hate to say that to you, depression will require active participation. It is something you will have to actively work through. I thought reaching out to friends would be enough and it was not. Talk to a professional so you can assess the level of your depression and take the right action.

Afterthoughts:

Battling depression is not easy and you will be misunderstood but I want you to know you still have a choice. You can fight this and come out stronger and better than ever. despite other people’s perception of a depression diagnoses.

IF you or someone you love is having suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.

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