Here's a wonderful video that we recommend to anyone struggling with depression issues. In this one-hour talk show, a group of specialists gather to discuss whether depression is an illness just like any other. Many points brought forward are worth noting, and we shall go over them further along in this article. Watch the video whenever you have a chance, and read below for an overview of the main points.
Depression: the underestimated illnessThe main idea running the conversation above is that depression is an illness, and notably one that often goes unrecognized as such. For some reason, our society still regards any and all mental issues as a severe stigma even when the sufferer is absolutely not to blame for his condition. Would anyone blame you if you came up with a physical sickness? Of course not. But when it comes to mental conditions... for some reason the reasoning shifts, and most people feel like they can't possibly admit to have such problems, otherwise they may get discriminated and looked down upon.
Truth of the matter is depression is a complex sickness with many possible underlying causes: genetic, environmental, educational, and even cultural. The good news though, is that not only is depression now recognized as an illness, but we're getting much closer to realizing a definite methodical treatment to help sufferers of depression to overcome their difficulties.
Deconstruction the stigma of depression
The statistics are overwhelming; for example, about half of all Canadian parents state they would be ashamed to admit their children have problems related with depression. Most people who endure this problem tend to get caught in a spiral of fearfulness where they assume that society in general will look at them awkwardly for having raised a children who suffers from such issues. The reality of it though, is that depression has many concurrent causes, most of which really can't be pin pointed to any specific "fault" or "responsibility". Like any other sickness, depression is something that may just happen without the victim necessarily doing anything towards it.
Potential pitfalls of regarding depression as an illnessAs one of the specialists that participate in the discussion points, out - there's a potential shortcoming in looking at depression as a mere sickness. This is worth noting, also: if we embrace this perspective, it could make us feel as though depression is something that "just happens"over a specific bio-medical scenario. However, that too is only part of the equation, that disregards there are mental causalities involved. How we relate to our depressive moods plays an important role in how we may overcome this condition. By choosing to discard all sense of responsibility and looking at it like something that can be managed with the right combination of pharmaceuticals is NOT a good approach.
Even though you're really NOT to blame for having depression, you CAN play an important part in your recovery. But understanding how the process works, and how you can change your lifestyle to minimize the influence of depression, you will stand a much better chance of coping with this problem and eventually growing free from its influence.