Myth v. Reality

Carli Eldridge

Depression is just feeling, if you really wanted too, you could make it go away. *MYTH*


To have depression, symptoms actually must last for at least two weeks. Symptoms include:

-hopelessness -change in eating/sleeping -lack of focus

-difficulty making decisions -loss of interest -thoughts of death

Something bad just happened, of course you're depressed. *MYTH*

Depression is an intense feeling of sadness, feeling or futility, worthlessness, and withdrawal from others. If something bad happens, of course you will react naturally and become sad, but if symptoms last for more than two weeks it is time to see a doctor. Depression can be caused by genetics, a chemical imbalance, and also life events. During depression, there is a lack of serotonin.

If you say you have Post Partum depression, you are just making excuses for you bad parenting. *MYTH*

Post Partum Depression s actually more common then you may think. About 10% of women suffer from this after giving birth due to aspects such as chemical imbalances in the body. Women may worry aboutbaby too much, fear harming the baby and in turn, reside with suicide or other harmful actions. They may also experience severe hallucinations.

You cannot treat depression. *MYTH*

Depression can be treated. With proper medication and therapy, symptoms o depression can be eased in a person. Every person is different, so specific treatment and medictaion may vary.

If you have a mood disorder, all you need to do is take antidepressants and lithium. *MYTH*

Indeed, lithium and antidepressants can help to ease the effects of mood disorders, although every person is different, and these two methods of treatment do not always work for everybody. Also, often people with mood disorders benefit from psychiatric therapy.

Depression does not have outward symptoms. *MYTH*

Depression actually has a multitude of outward symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
  • Pessimism
  • Helplessness
  • Change in sleep
  • Change in appetite
  • Lack of interest
  • Neglecting appearance
  • Sadness
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of energy
  • Talk of death

Mania is a good thing, you should be happy to have it. *MYTH*

Although some people that suffer from mania do agree it can be in situations beneficial (goal-orientation), mania can be a very undesirable illness to suffer from. Some symptoms include:
  • agitation
  • less sleep
  • hyperactivity
  • rapid speech
  • lack of concentration
  • risk taking
  • irritability
  • compulsive shopping
  • hallucinations

If you hallucinate, you definitely do not have a mood disorder. *MYTH*

Actually, many mood disorders, such as manic depression, include symptoms such as hallucinations. This is do to the brain's hyperactivity and inability to separate reality from these hallucinations. This is clearly capable of being harmful to the life of a person.

Bipolar disorder is the same in everyone. *MYTH*

Bipolar disorder can differ from person to person. There are actually 4 different types of bipolar disorders:
  1. Bipolar 1- Long periods of mania with short periods of depression in between.
  2. Bipolar 2- Long periods of depression with short periods of mania in between.
  3. Rapid Cycling- (20% of bipolar cases) Moods change at least four times a year.
  4. Ultra Rapid Cycling- Mood changes several times throughout the day.

No matter the type, each form of bipolar disorder can be detrimental to a person's life.

You can't be suicidal if you don't have depression. *MYTH*

One major sign that some one has depression is thoughts of suicide. This is because in depression, the endless feeling of hopelessness is capable of becoming so overbearing that a person may believe that suicide is there only option and in turn, look to it for a solution. Even though this theory is false, if a person is contemplating death, it is in their best interest to locate a doctor or some form of help. It may save their life.