Myth 1: I am immune to Depression
Depression is actually very common. It can affect any one of us, irrespective of cast, color, status. As per statistics:
- The proportion of the global population with depression in 2015 is estimated to be 4.4% (322 million).
- Globally, depressive disorders are ranked as the Single largest contributor to non-fatal health loss (7.5% of all YLD).
- In India, 4.5% of the population is suffering from Depressive Disorder and accounts for 7.1% of YLD
Myth 2: People with Depression are crazy and remain aloof
it is quite possible that you probably know someone with Depression and don’t even realize it
because many people with Depression are as active and productive members of our communities as any other normal individual given the right treatment at right time.
Myth 3: Depression is a problem of adulthood; Children don’t experience such problems
Even young children of school going age may show early signs of Depression
- 2-3% children (school age) & 8% adolescents suffer from depression
- Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with depression receive the treatment they need.
- They may present with:
- Irritable mood
- Somatic complaints: headache, stomach aches, poor self esteem
- Restlessness, irritability, reluctance to co-operate with family, isolation from peers, scholastic difficulty, less attention to personal appearance
Myth 4: People with Depression are a liability and cannot live an independent life
People with Depression are just as capable as anyone else and can lead a normal and independent life.
When people with Depression receive effective treatment, it can result in:
- Decreased dependence
- Increased productivity at work
- Decreased disability costs
Myth 5: People with Depression have weak personalities
Many factors contribute to Depression, including:
- Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness or biochemical imbalance
- Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse
- Family history of mental health problems
Depression has nothing to do with weak character or personality.
Myth 6: Depression is a life long illness. Once someone develops Depression, he or she will never recover.
Recovery refers to the process in which people are able to live, work, learn, and participate and contribute productively to their communities.
Treatment options available for people with Depression are very effective and safe.
Given the level of modern day treatment approaches people Depression get better and many recover completely
Myth 7: The pills for Depression are mere sedatives and more harmful than the illness itself
Medicines available today for treatment of Depression are quite safe and effective.
- When given under the guidance of a psychiatrist the side effects are minimal and results are wonderful.
- Some patients however may require long term treatment and monitoring.
- Psychotherapy and good social support add to the benefits of drugs.
Myth 8: Nothing much can be done to help those with Depressive Disorder.
We can make a difference.
Family & Friends are always an important influence to help someone get the treatment and services they need
- You have to let them know that you are available to help
- Be informed and updated; gather more knowledge about mental health
- Treating them with respect
- Do Not label “crazy” or discriminate them
- Helping them access mental health services