3 Myths About Depression Everyone Should Know During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with depression and anxiety on the rise across the U.S., it’s more important than ever to help #enthestigma surrounding depression. The stigma surrounding depression and other mental health conditions is alive in our society. Depression is a medical condition, yet some people view it as a sign of “weakness” or an inability to be “normal.” Of course, we know these speculations simply aren’t true, but it’s that kind of toxic stigma that forces people into silence about their struggles. People might feel embarrassed or too ashamed to get help which is unfair. We wouldn’t stigmatize someone for getting treatment for diabetes or cancer and the same should be true when it comes to mental health disorders.
Here are a few things everyone should know…
Myth 1: Depression Is Something You Can Just “Shake Off”
To help end the stigma, It’s important to remember that depression is more than just having a bad day. You can’t just “snap out of it” or “shake it off”. Depression a complex mental illness that needs to be treated as such. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15-44.
Myth 2: Medication Is The Only Form Of Treatment For Major Depression
Medication is only one form of treatment for depression and we know it doesn’t work for everyone. Depression presents itself in many different ways. It can affect all aspects of a person’s life even when it’s not always obvious to others.
Depression can make people feel like no one will ever understand. At Clear Mind Treatment, we understand that you have to approach depression treatment from many different angles which is why we’ve developed a compressive depression treatment program to help patients find relief!
It’s important for people to understand there are many different treatment options for depression. Even if you’ve tried medications and therapy without relief, we encourage you to reach out to learn more about IV Ketamine, TMS Therapy, and our comprehensive approach – – there is hope!
Myth 3: Depression Is Caused By Weakness
There’s an unfair association between depression and “weakness”. Some people suffer for months or even years just trying to “deal with it”. Unfortunately, this type of thinking forces people into silence about their struggles…especially men. In 2018, men died by suicide 3.56x more often than women.
Statistically, men are less likely to get treatment for depression and it could be related to the toxic stigma surrounding depression. Men might feel like less of a man or even embarrassed to get help. It’s important to remember that depression is more than just a problem or nuisance. It’s a complex mental illness that needs to be treated (and respected) as such.
Fortunately, there are many successful treatments available for depression.
At Clear Mind Treatment, we help our patients find relief through holistic and comprehensive treatments. Our Treatment-Resistant Depression Program can help when nothing else does.
We’ll create a customized wellness plan for you so you’ll have the resources and support you need to overcome depression and renew your joy for life. Give our office a call today or fill out or form and we’ll be in touch.