Misconceptions about Depression
Depression is a problem that affects millions of men, women, and children worldwide, yet misconceptions about depression continue to persist. Unfortunately, these misconceptions sometimes prevent individuals from pursuing the diagnosis and treatment that could restore their quality of life.
Common Misconceptions about Depression
At Achieve TMS, we understand the misconceptions about depression and the need for depression education and awareness. As part of our mission, we want to address some of the most common misconceptions about depression, so individuals can identify their depression symptoms and address them accordingly.
Misconception #1: Depression Is Not a Real Illness
Depression is a mood disorder that impacts a person’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It can affect a person’s ability to go to work or school and perform other everyday tasks, and can make it difficult for a person to engage with family members, friends, and others. It is a real disorder, diagnosed by physicians, and recognized to severely hamper a person’s quality of life if left untreated.
Misconception #2: Depression Causes a Person to Cry Frequently
Sadness is a common depression symptom, and people coping with depression sometimes cry in the same way they would if they feel extreme sadness. However, there are many other emotional symptoms associated with depression, including feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and feeling isolated from others. If a person is clinically depressed, they may not cry frequently but instead experience other intense emotional symptoms.
Misconception #3: Depression Is More Likely to Happen When a Person Gets Older
The natural aging process may create medical problems that can sometimes trigger depression. However, it is important to note that depression can occur at any age, and won’t necessarily be more likely to occur due to aging.
Misconception #4: Talking About Depression Causes Symptoms to Get Worse
Although it may be tempting for a person coping with depression to “bottle up” their feelings, doing so can be problematic. If a person tries to ignore their depression, then the frequency and intensity of their anxiety, fatigue, and other symptoms may get worse. Over time, these symptoms must be addressed, or they can make it virtually impossible for an individual to enjoy everyday life.
Misconception #5: Depression Treatment Requires Medication
Medication is one of several options to help patients coping with depression. In some instances, patients use antidepressant medication to help reduce their symptoms. Patients may also use medication in combination with different forms of talk therapy or other alternative depression therapies. Some patients even use alternative depression therapies without medication.
The Bottom Line on Misconceptions about Depression
Misconceptions about depression must be addressed — otherwise, they may lead people to ignore their depression symptoms and forgo diagnosis and treatment.
Achieve TMS is committed to eliminating the misconceptions about depression and providing the most effective treatment solutions We work with patients to help them manage their depression symptoms and offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy as a drug-free treatment for depression.
TMS revolutionizes depression therapy, as it is noninvasive and does not cause the side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medications. With TMS, a patient receives electromagnetic pulses that are gently and safely delivered to the brain via a magnetic coil attached to the head, near the left temple. The magnetic pulses stimulate neural activity in underactive parts of the brain to help improve mood and reduce depression symptoms.
Schedule a TMS Consultation
Our expert medical clinicians are available to teach people about TMS, explain how it works, and help them determine if this form of depression therapy is the right treatment option based on their individual needs. To schedule a TMS consultation, please contact us online, or call or text us today at 877-296-5032.