Facts About Depression You Should Know

Last Update on November 27, 2020 : Published on November 23, 2020
Facts About Depression You Should Know

There are times when you feel hopeless and extreme sadness that prevents you from living your best life. This feeling of hopelessness can also be a symptom of depression. Depression, though a treatable condition, is serious and very real. Due to many misconceptions about this illness, the stigma surrounding depression continues to be an obstacle that prevents people from seeking treatment.

Untreated depression can lead to thoughts of suicide and self-harm. On the other hand, understanding the symptoms and causes of depression and bringing them in light of others can be life-saving.

Some common facts about depression that you should know and understand are:

1. Depression Is Real and Serious

If someone says they are depressed or are feeling the symptoms of depression, doesn’t mean they are weak or crazy. According to various researches, depression is a real disease and is caused by certain chemical imbalances in the brain. Low levels of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine (chemicals that help regulate emotions, feelings, and stress responses) can also contribute to being depressed.

2. Depression Doesn’t Need A Reason

Depression doesn’t need a reason

Actor Jared Padalecki in an interview with Variety said, “I was 25 years old. I had my TV show. I had dogs I loved and tons of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job or can’t fit in the society that struggles with depression sometimes.”

There is no reason for depression. Sometimes the chemicals in your brain may be responsible for how you feel or sometimes the circumstances in your life may make you feel sad and hopeless. There is no good reason why people feel depressed.

3. There Are Many Factors That Cause Depression

Maybe your parent was diagnosed with clinical depression or maybe you’re too stressed or anxious. There are many different factors that can trigger the symptoms of depression. Genetics and family history are said to increase the risk of depression in a person. Substance abuse, a chemical imbalance in the brain, or even seasonal changes can cause depression.

4. There Is A Significant Difference Between Sadness And Depression

sadness and depression

Sadness is an emotion that we all feel at some point in our lives. It is a pretty common reaction to painful situations. Having said that, sadness can turn into depression. Depression is a mental health condition that causes:

5. Childhood Depression Is Real

Many myths about depression state that children can’t be depressed or feel symptoms of depression. While adults have different reasons and factors that can cause depression, children are not immune to this illness either. Bullying, peer-pressure, struggling to fit in – along with other factors can cause depressive moods in children.

6. There Are Treatments For Depression

treatments for depression

Many people believe that the treatments of depression are limited to medications only. In fact, there are several treatments of depression available including psychotherapy, changes in lifestyle, and medications. Although, the best treatment option depends on a person’s symptoms.

Treatment options for depression are:

Note: Consult your doctor or mental healthcare provider before taking any medications. Always ask your physician for side-effects of the medications before taking them.

7. Untreated Depression Can Be Harmful

Proper diagnosis and treatment are very important. Untreated and undiagnosed depression can lead to thoughts of suicide or actions of self-harm. If you or someone you care about displays signs of depression, reach out to a professional healthcare provider immediately.

Final Words

Untreated depression

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.” – Stephen Fry

Depression is a real and serious mental health condition that should never be left untreated. Understanding the symptoms, causes, and treatments of depression are important as well as the misconceptions and facts.

The stigma around mental health disorders prevents many people from seeking the desired and much-needed treatment. Uncovering the real and true facts about depression is the first step in helping yourself or someone you love to find the right care and treatment.

Facts About Depression You Should Know

Reaching out for help to a trusted and licensed mental healthcare professional is not something you should shy away from. Ask for the support you need and get the help you seek.

It is normal to feel depressed but prolonged depression can be unhealthy for your mind and body.

Remember, you are not alone. You are strong. You are enough.

Always keep fighting!

About The Author

Swarnakshi Sharma

Swarnakshi is a content writer at Calm sage, who believes in a healthier lifestyle for mind and body. A fighter and survivor of depression, she strives to reach and help spread awareness on ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues. A spiritual person at heart, she believes in destiny and the power of Self. She is an avid reader and writer and likes to spend her free time baking and learning about world cultures.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Amara Smith

    It is important to learn about depression and learn to cope and help others too.

  2. mariya jonsan

    One of the best facts and everyone knows about it for helping other.

  3. Chris Smith

    If you know these facts and the reason for depression, you can come out of it easily.

  4. Swarnakshi Sharma

    Hi Eva, thank you for visiting Calmsage. I'm sorry your friend had to go through that kind of hostility. Getting professional help in such cases can really make a difference. I'm glad you found help in the right place. Please share this blog to spread awareness on such issues and keep visiting us for more!

  5. Shank

    Depression needs treatment..

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