One of the most common and insidious issues that counselors deal with is that of depression. Sometimes it is really hard to recognize and at other times obvious but challenging to treat. There are times when it is very deep, but temporary as opposed to less significant, but pervasive.
- Hard work beats depression. Overwork is often a sign of depression, rather than a cure – especially in men.
- It’s not a real illness. Depression affects nearly one in six people and can be a serious illness. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
- Depression is just self-pity. People that suffer from clinical depression are not lazy or weak. It is a medical condition that affects the brain.
- Help means drugs for life. Some studies have shown that “talk therapy” can be as effective for mild to moderate depression, however moving through the depression can often be accelerated by medications. It may only be needed temporarily – a bridge across. For deeper depression medications are necessary, but still may not be a lifelong need.
- Depressed people cry a lot. That is not always true. Some depressed people do not seem sad. They may just emotionally withdraw or suffer feelings of worthlessness or act out in anger.
- Depression is part of aging. Most older people actually do quite fine, but depression can be overlooked because the symptoms are somewhat different. Aches and pains increase, food is not so appealing, interest in activities is diminished.
- Talking makes things worse. Actually it is just the opposite. Sharing the burden is part of the solution. That is why therapy works.
- Teens are unhappy by nature. Teens often are moody, irritable and argumentative – but not depressed. If moods of sadness last over two weeks it might be good to check it out. Statistically, one in eleven teens develops depression.
- Depression is hard to treat. Occasionally depression is treatment resistant, but over 70% of people treated with medications alone eventually became symptom free — and an even higher percentage when combined with therapy.
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