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 MDD!
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 MDD. Which is important because depressive disorder 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.
It is NOT a 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 MDD can’t think away their sadness any more than someone with diabetes can lower their blood sugar with their mind. Both are illnesses that require intervention.
MDD is NOT just sadness:
MDD 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.”
MDD 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 MDD 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.
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