Park Royal Behavioral Services Reveals Seven Myths

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Aug 22, 2013


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About Depression
Although depression affects 1 in 10 Americans, there are still a number of misconceptions. Here are some common myths about depression and the real facts.
Myth: Depression doesn't affect me.
Fact: 10% of the total population and 15% of older adults have been diagnosed with depression. This means that someone in your life (maybe you) will face depression at
some point.
Myth: Depression is not a real medical problem.
Fact: Depression is a real and serious condition. It is no different than diabetes or heart disease in its ability to impact someone's life.
Myth: Depression is something that strong people can snap out of.
Fact: No one chooses to be depressed. People with depression cannot just snap out of their depression any more than someone with diabetes or heart disease can.
Myth: Depression only happens when something bad happens in your life.
Fact: Depression is more than just having occasional sad thoughts. Prolonged periods of hopelessness, sadness, and lack of interest in things someone usually enjoys are symptoms of depression.
Myth: Depression will just go away on its own.
Fact: While for some people, depression may go away without treatment; this is not usually the case. The good news is that most people get better with treatment.
Myth: Antidepressants will change your personality.
Fact: The thought of taking medicine can be scary. Most people who take antidepressants are actually happy to feel like themselves again. It is best to speak with your doctor about the effects of antidepressants.
Myth: Talking about depression only makes it worse.
Fact: While it is easy to understand why someone might be worried about discussing their depression, being alone with your thoughts is even more harmful.
Fact: Depression is a serious illness, but most people get better with help.

To learn more about your treatment options call Park Royal Behavioral Services at 239-985-2760.

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