What To Know Before Entering A Depression Treatment Program

There is no question that depression is one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. Millions of people every day suffer isolated symptoms of depression, which tends to draw attention away from those individuals who suffer chronic, intense forms of the illness.

To help better understand the seriousness of this mental condition, here are some myths and facts about depression.

Myth: People with depression can just “snap out of it” if they really put their mind to it.

Fact: Nothing could be further from the truth. Ask someone who has chronic depression about the problem, and they will say that they would like nothing more in the world than to not experience the negative symptoms associated with it. It is up to counselors and other psychiatric professionals to assist the individual with retraining their thoughts and behaviors in an effort to overcome this disease.

Myth: It is best to let those individuals suffering from depression come to realize that they have a problem on their own terms. When they decide they need help, they will seek it out.

Fact: Those who suffer from depression also suffer from low-esteem. As a result, they may feel as if they don’t deserve to get better, and are unlikely to seek out help on their own. It is up to friends and family to watch for the symptoms of depression and provide love and support, and be ready to guide the individual towards professional help.

Myth: If you leave the problem of depression alone, it will probably just go away

Fact: Depression, if left untreated, can be a highly dangerous condition. Those who suffer alone, and refuse to seek out help are at a high risk for suicide and other dangerous behaviors. The responsibility for helping the individual with depression get treatment falls on family and friends – who need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition in order to properly recognize when there is a problem.

Myth: Depression is really more of a “women’s problem”

Fact: Research by leading psychiatric organizations has found that as many as 6 million men suffer from depression. In addition, that figure may be even higher due to the fact that men are much less likely to seek treatment for their depression. This isolation leads to a higher suicide rate in men with depression.

Myth: Anti-depressant medication can turn an individual with depression into a drug addict.

Fact: Anti-depressants are not addictive. While some individuals may experience side-effects that they find to be uncomfortable, the drug itself will not become habit-forming or act as a “gateway” into a substance abuse problem.

Moonview Sanctuary helps heal the pain of depression using a methodology that incorporates elements of psychology, physical health and holistic treatment to help treat the person as a whole. This collaborative process among the caring experts in Moonview’s Overcoming Personal Crisis program delivers an organic, flexible treatment solution that benefits the individual as well as his family and support network.

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