Ten misconceptions about depression

Hey readers,

 

I have lived with depression for years, though some days are better then others but it is hard to live with. There is always that one person who makes a snap judgement when really they are quite ignorant and have no idea of what a battle it is to live with depression. Here is my top ten misconceptions about depression that I have meet over the years.

  1. A golden oldie, all you need to do is snap right out of it. yeah, if it was that simple to just click my fingers and it the depression would disappear. At my darkest episode I was healthy, eating well, exercising a lot and going out but I still felt shit. I did everything to make these dreading feeling and fear go away with no avail.
  2. Drugs don’t work, well actually that may be so and it may be down to thoughts but then thoughts are in the mind. Drugs have worked successfully for some people including myself and I have seen evidence of it impacitng my quality of life. It does not earse everything but it reduces the immediate effects and helps lift you up to help you think more clearly and logically.
  3. Depreession is attention seeking, maybe so for some people but when I had depression in the begining I was ashamed and didn’t tell anyone and hid away in my deep dark world behind closed doors.
  4. Depression means your weak, far from it as you are living will this illness and having to deal with all the extra work it brings. It is very trying and you really lose your motivation to just do anything. Getting through it is pure hard work more then anyone would know.
  5. Depression is the same as sadness, wrong sadness is short lived with feelings of low. Compare that to depression which sucks all your energy, self destructive at times suicidal battle for long periods all day and night is a hell of a different story.
  6. Depression is a result of stressful events, well that can be the case in some situations as we can’t rule out the environmental factors. But you have to hear in mind that hormones, brain activity and genes also play a role in depression.
  7. It’s not really an illness, there has been evidence showning differences between areas of the brain that have less activity in contrast with brains of non-depressives.
  8. It’s all in the mind, sometimes yes but like point 6 there many factors that can not be ruled at as well when debating about where depression comes from.
  9. Talking about it only makes it worse, yes it can stir up bad emotions but it can help some people talk about feelings can help bring stuff to the surface and work through them emotions attached to issues. What you have to bear in mind is we are all different and what works for one does not neceesarily work for another.
  10. You don’t have depression if you are happy, well I disagree as I can have spikes up and down and all over the place. Sometimes I don’t know whether I am coming or going.

Cheers for reading X

A Cornish Mum
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22 thoughts on “Ten misconceptions about depression

  1. Brilliant post. So many people presume to be experts in things they’ve never experienced and feel they can give advice or make snap judgements. Well done for letting them know just how different it is than they think, you’ve explained it so eloquently.
    I have no experience of depression but I’d never presume to know it all or offer advice because of this.
    Thanks for linking up to #TenThings
    Stevie x x

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  2. It’s always good to read posts like this as when you haven’t experienced depression (and touch wood I haven’t) it’s difficult to really understand it, especially as it’s an invisible illness so sometimes I think people treat it less seriously than they would something that they could see. #TenThings

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  3. Brilliant post – depression is a complex illness and I for one don’t think it can be easily compartmentalised and think that often people need to put themselves in the other person’s shoes and engage their brain before they open their mouth. Take care x #abitofeverything

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  4. Thank you for sharing, and in my experience, these are spot on. I think there is much stigma attached to depression and other mental illnesses and people say things without any real thought. Ignorance I think they call it. And they have no idea of the toxic impact that their words have on people. xx #abitofeverything

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  5. This is such a well written post! It is good to raise awareness as sometimes people don’t even realise the false assumptions they may have! Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

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  6. It’s ironic that the post above mine is about depression.
    I’ve suffered on and off since I was 18.
    Most of the list were reasons I didn’t seek help earlier. That and being terrified id be sectioned.

    I’ve been on meds for nearly 5 years. I still have down days, but not nearly as bad.

    A great post. Thanks for sharing

    #abitofeverything

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  7. A good list, I’ve always said and written in my mental health page posts that depression is pretty much something you have to go through to understand it. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. These days pills help and I’m keen to come off them when I can, talking is a great therapy for all people should talk more.
    I find my depression/low moods harder these days because I can give myself all these reasons to be happy and thankful yet my mind still wants to wallow and give up, very hard. Thanks for sharing #tenthings

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  8. Hi, I wondered when I saw the title of your post how many of these I had heard, sadly the answer is all10. Its so sad that in this day and age such a large proportion of the general public still have no real idea of what depression is. Xx

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  9. Unfortunately i have heard all of these as well, I find it sad and frustrating that some still can’t understand depression. #TenThings

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  10. When I saw the title of the one above mine on #tenthings I was pleasantly surprised, for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly I made a decision to expand the blogs I read list, so the fact it was one I’ve not read before was great.

    Secondly having suffered from depression on and off for over 20 years its a subject I’ve more than a passing interest in.

    Sadly all of these are still bandied about too much. Even 20 years later many of these are still prevalent in peoples minds.

    I myself refused to admit I had depression as I had these misconceptions.

    Great post.

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