Top 5 Myths About Depression Revealed:
Depression is one of the most misunderstood mental disorders around. A condition surrounded by myths and mistruths, many folks aren’t sure what depression is really all about. And, because we know that the best patients are informed patients, we thought we would take a moment to clear a few things up. Want to find out the real story with depression?
Here are today’s Top 5 Myths About Depression:
- Myth: Depression is just “feeling sad” about something.
Fact: Everyone will feel sad or “blue” at some point, but that doesn’t mean everyone is depressed. Depression is actually a complex and far-reaching medical disorder with serious and disruptive symptoms. These include persistent, unexplained grief, feelings of hopelessness, loss of energy and a decreased interest in activities once enjoyed.
- Myth: Depression is a rare condition.
Fact: Quite the contrary. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.”
- Myth: Depression really only affects women.
Fact: While society may think of depression as a “woman thing,” the condition actually affects a startling number of men in the U.S. In fact, According to WebMD, “… more than 6 million men in the U.S. have depression each year.”
- Myth: People can “snap out of depression.”
Fact: Depression is a medical condition and in most cases, it won’t simply go away. While some people mistakenly see depression as a sign of weakness or self-pity, it’s important to understand that most patients will require a medical intervention and treatment.
- Myth: The only treatment for depression is medication.
Fact: A common misconception is that the only depression treatment is medication or drugs. In reality, many patients treat their depression with talk therapy or a cutting-edge treatment called TMS. Not sure what TMS is all about? Read on to find out.
Many people have heard of TMS before, but not everyone knows the whole story. Want to find out what this cutting-edge treatment is really all about? Here’s a brief introduction: TMS – or “Transcranial magnetic stimulation” – uses magnetic pulses to cause electrical changes in the left prefrontal cortex, the mood-regulating part of the brain. An alternative, non-drug depression treatment, many patients experience significant relief of their depression symptoms following a full course of treatment.
So, who is a good candidate for TMS? There are certain criteria TMS patients must meet. First and foremost, TMS is ideal only for patients suffering from major depressive disorder. What’s more, TMS Therapy is intended only for those who have not found effective relief of symptoms from medication, psychotherapy and other types of treatment. In the end, however, the best way to find out if TMS is right for you is to schedule a consultation.