When it comes to depression, many people truly believe that it is all about mind over matter.
That is to say, overcoming your struggles through sheer willpower.
Many people will tell you how depression is a sign of weakness, how you are not the only one who has a difficult time in life and how you need to stop pitying yourself.
They are wrong.
Depression is not a weakness, it is a mental disorder.
Every bit the same as Eating disorders, addictions or even PTSD.
You won’t see anyone approach a war veteran and make fun of him because of his traumatic experiences from the war, so why do so many people mock depression?
Why Is depression seen as a weakness
Depression is a condition that we are all familiar with in some way, shape or form.
Not necessarily because of personal experience, but rather due to how often it is discussed in media.
If you were to go to Facebook right now you could probably find, quite literally, millions of posts mentioning the word depression, with just as many people claiming to be depressed.
And that’s exactly the problem.
Depression is not taken seriously and is even viewed as a weakness at times because of how misinformed, or even ignorant, people are of this issue.
But that isn’t so much that those around us are malicious or anything.
Rather, It’s because of how they view the world (But more on that later)
There are several causes for this ignorance, all which stem from either false information or assumptions that we have made.
Let’s review some examples to see what I mean.
Depression is very common
When it comes to mental disorders, depression is easily one of the most common ones.
In the entire world, there are 350 million people who suffer from a depressive disorder at any given time, 16 million of which are from the U.S alone.
This number makes depression more common than Aids, diabetes, and cancer, even when put together.
Statistically speaking, it is likely that you know at least one person who experiences clinical depression at this very moment.
It goes without saying that if you add those who experienced a depressive episode throughout their lifetimes this number skyrockets.
In some way, the fact that depression is so common makes some people think that it is normal.
After all, they might know a couple of people who are just like you! For many, this takes away from the concept of depression quite a bit.
Mental health is intangible
Many people judge the world around them based on tangible things.
That is to say, things that they can see with their own eyes and feel with their own hands.
For example, if they have experienced anger themselves then they are likely to recognize anger in others.
This empathic ability is powerful and it makes humans natural pattern recognizers.
This is all well and good, but at times it can actually make us far less understanding of others.
In the case of mental health, many people genuinely can’t recognize the difference between the emotions that they experience personally and mental conditions.
For those people, someone who seems out of touch, withdrawn and sad looking is, in fact, sad.
The same can be said about feeling stressed and having an anxiety disorder.
To be diagnosed with depression you need to demonstrate certain symptoms for an extended period of time.
There is no way of immediately telling whether or not someone is depressed, even if you are a trained professional (which most of us are not.)
As such, when people mistake depression with sadness, they are obviously confused.
After all, they have experienced similar negative feelings before and they were not nearly as bad as you describe them to be.
Based on their observations, you are either overreacting, seeking attention or are just a weak person that can’t overcome the everyday struggles that everyone experiences.
Depression gets tossed around too much
Go to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media and search for people who mention the word depression.
You will quickly find many in their 20s or even 30s who talk about how depressed they are.
They will say that waking up at 7 am in the morning makes them depressed, that their partner is going on a trip and is leaving them behind, and how depressed it makes them.
The list goes on and on, but the point here is that most of these people haven’t the slightest clue as to what depression actually is.
In fact, most of them are probably not suffering from clinical depression based on all of the sad smileys that the put next to the word “depressed”.
Sadly, these posts are a part of a much bigger cycle of ignorance.
They make depression seem common and unimportant, with how carelessly the term gets thrown around.
Because of that, when discussing depression, the immediate thing that comes to mind is that one post on Facebook.
The fact that the word “depression” also describes an emotion doesn’t help either.
The truth about depression
Unlike what many people think, depression is not a weakness.
It is a real disorder that shapes the way that you think and act.
Depression is not a choice and you can’t overcome it through sheer will alone.
It doesn’t work that way.
Depression changes the basic way that your brain functions.
These are not metaphorical changes, either. The brain physically shifts and changes based on how severe the condition is.
Aside from that, there are many factors that contribute to depression, with only a few of them actually being under our direct control.
Many of our traits can be traced back to our families and bloodlines.
Not only in the physically, but in the mentally as well.
As it turns out, there are certain factors in our genetics that increase the likelihood of having a mental disorder.
According to studies, chromosome 3p25-26 is shown to be strongly associated with depression.
Based on their findings, having this type of chromosome can increase the likelihood of suffering from depression by up to 40%
Seeing as you can’t change your genetics, you can experience a depressive disorder regardless of how “strong” you are.
After all, it can literally run in the family.
Depression is not any more of a weakness than any other hereditary disease.
Think about it.
Some of us have experienced traumatic things in our pasts.
I don’t necessarily mean anything dangerous or the like, but rather things that have shaped the way that we think and behave to this very day.
For example, a child that was bullied may develop certain habits based on those experiences alone.
Many of those who suffer from social anxiety were victims of bullies.
In a sense, these experiences can be compared to being forced to be around smokers, as a non-smoker, and getting sick as a result.
These experiences are, in many cases, out of our control.
This fact makes them inherently unavoidable, and extremely difficult to just overcome.
A war veteran might suffer from PTSD and will require therapy to actually get better.
No one will call the veteran out for being “weak”, but the same people think that depression is a weakness.
That makes no sense at all.
Depression is on the rise, becoming significantly more common than ever before seemingly out of nowhere.
Sure, you could argue that people are getting softer because of how privileged we are compared to just even thirty years ago, but that would do the issue injustice.
As it turns out, there are many speculated causes to this change, and some of them may surprise you.
Society as a whole is shifting, and for some of us it isn’t for the best.
Our values have changed, our goals became more outlandish and we lost the meaning of having a strong community.
We are more exposed to anxiety and stress than ever before, not to mention the fact that these are quite uncertain times.
For example, 100% years ago, people would have no trouble finding a job and staying at the same working place until retirement.
These days you would be lucky to have the same job for even 5 years.
The fact is that the world is in motion, and the dynamics of our society and lives are changing and can actually affect our mental health more than ever before.
Depression is only a weakness if you do nothing about it
Although depression is not caused by any particular thing that you did wrong, it can weaken your resolve.
Many depressed individuals find themselves overwhelmed by their condition, and not without a good reason.
The unfortunate part is that many of these people don’t try to do anything about it.
According to studies, even in the richest countries in the world, only 1 in 5 depression sufferers sought care.
The sad truth is that most depressed people become comfortable with their disorder, to the point where actually doing something about it becomes very difficult – So they just don’t.
The first step to overcome depression is to learn to help yourself, because without action you will not get better.
I highly recommend that you try out the Destroy Depression System.
In it, you will find guides, tips and even entire working plans that will help you overcome your condition for good.
If you actually want to get better then you should check it out!
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