Don’t let these 4 myths about depression convince you that you’re making it up

Ignoring the signs of depression can be dangerous to your health and wellbeing

5 myths about depression you should not overlook.
5 myths about depression you should not overlook.

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Tiredness, lack of motivation, hopelessness. We are all under a lot of stress and many of us are asking ourselves “Am I depressed?”

Ignoring the signs or going untreated can be dangerous to your health and wellbeing. As we look ahead to 2021, here are some depression myths it’s time to leave behind.

2020 might have you feeling depressed, so don’t let these myths convince you that you’re making it up.

Myth number one: “It’s all in my head. I’m just sad.” MRI studies have shown that depression causes physiological changes in the brain that stop it from registering pleasurable activities.

Myth number two: All depression looks the same. There are many different faces of depression ranging. Depressive episodes can be extreme and short or subtle and constant—there is no wrong way to experience it.

Myth number three: Medication is the only treatment. Antidepressants work great for some people, but there are also other options like talk therapy, lifestyle changes, and holistic approaches.

Myth number four: “I need to deal with this alone.” “A lot of people, like myself, don’t talk to others about what they’re going through. They feel it’s a personal issue. They’re going to seem weak. It’s none of the above,” said Robert Mason, CEO of Letters Against Depression. Services like TalkSpace and BetterHelp allow you to start therapy online via chat.

Letters Against Depression is an anonymous way to freely give and receive support. If you or a loved one is in more serious need of help, most therapists are now offering sessions over Zoom or Skype to adapt to COVID-19. And for those in crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Sources: psychologytoday.com, bridgestorecovery.com, hopkinsmedicine.org, healthline.com, match.talkspace.com, betterhelp.com

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Sabrina Broadbent, Producer; Bob Walko, Videographer and Editor. To receive a free weekly email on Smart Living from Ivanhoe, sign up at: http://www.ivanhoe.com/ftk


About the Authors:

Roslyn Jimenez is a news producer for GMSA at KSAT12. Roslyn joined the KSAT12 team in January 2020 after being the First Edition producer for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi.

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.