Common Myths About Depression Dispelled

As the recent suicide of Robin Williams has brought the topic of depression to the forefront, it is important that we dispel
some very common myths about the disease – Yes, disease. Many individuals fail to recognize depression as a disease; rather, they assume that individuals choose this path. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that approximately 9.1% of Americans live with depression.

depressionDespite common misconception, depression does not affect a certain race, age, or sex. Depression sees no barriers, boundaries, or bank accounts. With the recent tragedy of Robin William’s suicide, it is apparent that depression can affect anyone, no matter how wealthy or successful one may be.

Depression Redefined

Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) released its fifth edition in 2013. The “Bible of Psychiatry” altered and updated its list of defined depressive disorders, adapting to tend to all forms of depression:

DSM-5’s List of Depressive Disorders:

  • Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder
  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder (Single & Recurrent Episodes)
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Previously identified as Dysthymia)
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Other Specified Depressive Disorder
  • Unspecified Depressive Disorder

As society continues to use the term, “depressed,” to refer to “the blues,” it becomes increasingly more important that we distinguish between the two, so that those suffering from depression can receive the help that they deserve and need to survive. If you notice the consistent presence of any of the following symptoms in yourself or another, seek immediate medical guidance.

Signs & Symptoms of Depression Include:

  • Loss of interest in previously valued activities
  • Sense of helplessness
  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Sense of worthlessness
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Reckless behavior
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Increased irritability
  • Irregular body aches and pains
  • Increase in alcohol or drug consumption
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts and tendencies

If you or anyone you love is experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is important that you seek treatment immediately. While there is no cure for depression, there are a variety of treatment options available to meet the unique needs of each individual. While some individuals suffering from depression seek comfort from psychotherapy, others require medication, interpersonal therapy, and/or cognitive behavior therapy for relief of their symptoms. At Inspire Malibu, we approach the treatment of depression from a logical, clinical standpoint. We understand that in order to successfully treat depression, you must start with a chemically balanced brain.

At Inspire Malibu, we take the time to thoroughly evaluate each patient, and formulate a unique treatment plan based on his or her exclusive needs. We understand that many individuals suffering from depression turn to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. It is impossible to treat one disease without treating the other. Allow the experienced addiction specialists at Inspire Malibu to provide you with unique treatment solutions that will allow you to take control of your depression and co-occurring conditions.

 




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