Depression affects millions of people around the globe, yet so much is misunderstood about this disease. Feeling “depressed” is not the same as having clinical depression, which may be why there are so many myths that are still believed about this disease. Yes, depression is a disease, not a mental infliction, and it needs to be treated as such to relieve the symptoms and effects it can have on the body. Here are three of the top myths that some people still believe about depression.
It Is in Your Head
Many people think of depression as sadness, a mental state you can “snap out” of at any time. Depression is often a biological disease; it does not just go away with happy thoughts. Depression can stem from nutritional imbalances, hormonal issues and other biological issues, as well as sociological and psychological factors.
It Is Caused by an Event
Depression isn’t necessarily caused by any event. Even though someone may feel depressed or sad after a death or other event, a healthy person will eventually move on. Depression can come on for no apparent reason, even when life seems to be going well for the inflicted person.
Antidepressants Are the Answer
The number of antidepressants on the market is staggering, but these are not always the answer to stopping depression. For some, it only masks the biological causes of their disease that still need to be addressed.
Depression is a disease and can also be a factor in causing other illnesses in the body. To treat depression, a holistic approach that takes into consideration biological causes as well as psychological and social factors is needed. Including a naturopathic doctor in the wellness team for those suffering from depression can uncover biological issues that may be causing their depression and offer long-term relief.
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