We’re hiring! View our open positions. 

Are you a current client? Contact your clinic 

Common Myths About Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions worldwide, yet it’s still misunderstood. Media portrayals of depression and long-held beliefs about it have perpetuated myths and misconceptions that can be harmful to those living with this condition. Understanding depression is the first step toward breaking these myths and providing effective support and treatment for those who need it.

Columbia Associates offers depression treatment services that can help those who are ready to manage the symptoms of depression and find a new path forward. Call 703.682.8208 today if you’re ready to get started.

5 of the Most Common Myths About Depression

1. Myth: Depression Is Just Feeling Sad

One of the most prevalent myths about depression is that it’s just feeling sad. While sadness can be a symptom of depression, this condition involves much more than temporary feelings of unhappiness. Depression is a complex condition that affects the mind and body in various ways, including changes in brain chemistry and hormone levels.

2. Myth: Only Weak People Get Depressed

This myth is not only false, but it’s also harmful. Depression does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of their strength or character. The strongest man on earth or the most resilient person you know can still experience depression. It’s important to understand that depression is not a sign of weakness but a condition that requires proper treatment and support.

3. Myth: Antidepressants Will Solve Everything

While antidepressants can be helpful for some people, they are not a cure-all solution for depression. Each individual responds differently to medication, and it may take time to find the right one or combination of medications that work for them. Additionally, medication should be used in conjunction with therapy and other coping strategies for the best results.

4. Myth: You Can “Snap Out” of Depression

Another common myth is that depression can be easily overcome by simply “snapping out” of it or thinking positively. If it was that easy, then depression would not be a serious and widespread condition. Smiling more, thinking positively, or going out with friends isn’t a solution to depression. There’s a reason why it’s a mental health condition that requires professional treatment.

5. Myth: People with Depression Are Just Lazy

This myth is rooted in stigma and misconceptions about depression. Being unable to function or complete daily tasks doesn’t make someone lazy, particularly if they are struggling with the debilitating effects of depression. It can seem shocking to someone who’s never experienced it, but symptoms like not being able to get out of bed, shower, or even eat can be a daily reality for someone with depression.

Understanding Depression

How can you better understand depression? Start by educating yourself about the facts, not the myths. Depression is:

  • A real and treatable medical condition
  • A complex condition that affects brain chemistry and neural pathways
  • A condition that can impact anyone regardless of their strength or character
  • A condition that requires professional treatment and support for effective management

If you or someone you love is struggling, don’t hesitate to seek help and support. Taking the first step and reaching out to a mental health professional can make a world of difference.

Get in Touch with Columbia Associates

There’s a path to hope and healing. Columbia Associates offers treatment services for depression, including therapy, medication management, and supportive resources.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.