Depression is a commonly misunderstood term. Specially the word is used in common lingo to describe anything from weakness to loneliness to sadness. But following concepts will let you know, what is NOT depression!
With something so prevalent, many of us may assume we know what it is.
But assumptions can quickly turn to misconceptions. Misconceptions about what depression looks and feels like. Misconceptions about whether people really want to get better. Misconceptions about the seriousness of depression. Which is important because depression is serious. It affects a person’s entire being. It affects their entire life.
Depression is NOT weakness:
In other words, it isn’t some inherent flaw or sign that someone is weak-minded, faint-hearted, too sensitive or a powerless wimp. Depression is an illness.
Depression is NOT Choice:
we make the mistake of thinking people do. We know that we have the power to change our perspective and outlook. We can challenge and restructure our thoughts. We can make meaningful changes. But individuals with depression can’t think away their depression any more than someone with diabetes can lower their blood sugar with their mind. Both are illnesses that require intervention.
Depression is NOT sadness:
Depression is a constellation of symptoms.
“Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern, just the slow erosion of the self, as insidious as cancer. And like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience: a room in hell with only your name on the door.”
Depression is NOT just to appear depressed.
Many people are very good at putting on a positive face in the morning and getting through their day, only to collapse into their depression in the evening when they are home,” she said. People hold down jobs while struggling with suicidal thoughts, she said. We don’t know what resides behind someone’s exterior, no matter how put together it might be. We can’t read minds or see into hearts.
Depression is NOT 'not curable'!
A maximum number of patients show great improvement. mild to moderate cases require a good counseling /therapy work. Medical treatment works on all degrees of depression.