There is a common misconception about depression.
Many people believe that they have depression without actually being diagnosed as such, and even out of those who were diagnosed with depression many don’t necessarily meet the requirements for such a diagnosis.
In fact, according to one study, over 60% of people who were diagnosed with depression didn’t meet the official criteria for the disorder upon re-evaluation.
The simple fact is that most people who claim to suffer from depression probably don’t suffer from depression.
This is actually great news – Depression is a very serious disorder, and you are much better off not having it.
The biggest problem with this number is that it takes away from the suffering that depressed people go through.
Because of these so-called depressed people, people start doubting the dangers of depression, believing it to be a state of mind and nothing more.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
The problem here is not how people get misdiagnosed with depression but rather how most people with depression don’t get properly diagnosed in the first place.
Most cases of depression go untreated
The majority of cases of depression go untreated, making depression a lifetime struggle for many people.
But why is that? Depression is a highly treatable disorder, treatment is highly available and practically everyone can benefit from said treatment at least somewhat.
There isn’t really conclusive data to suggest why that is, only speculations.
One possibility is that most people are not actually aware that they are suffering a disorder.
For example, in cases such as dysthymia, the symptoms can be relatively mild but very long lasting.
It is difficult to notice and many people who have this disorder assume that that’s just how life is.
Are you one of them?
Why Is It Important To Treat Depression
All of what has been said up to this point is well and good, but it still doesn’t answer the question of why is it important to treat depression.
After all, many people around the world live with their condition for years, so why should you bother with it?
To a certain degree, this argument has merit – Learning to tolerate this condition is possible for many sufferers.
Not all cases of depression are severe enough to really hurt us in any noticeable ways.
It is possible to be a fully functioning, depression-suffering adult in society.
That doesn’t mean that you should
Based on this thought alone, many depression sufferers choose to forgo any treatment and learn to live their lives with depression.
It goes without saying that this approach is highly problematic.
Depression has numerous mental and physical repercussions, many of which are not noticeable at first but are definitely there.
Depressive episodes come and go, and it is only then that you notice how much your condition was taking away from you.
1) Depression destroys your body
Many of us tend to classify the damages that mental disorders cause based on how they affect our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
As it turns out, depression is also closely associated with physical sickness as well.
Here are some examples of the physical symptoms of depression, to name a few
- Digestive problems
Aside from these symptoms, depression is highly correlated to many different sicknesses as well.
For example, depression can cause heart disease, impaired immunity, and eating disorders.
To put it simply, being depressed is unhealthy for you.
Not only mentally speaking (We will get to that in a moment) but also physically as well.
The problem with this is that many depressed people visit their doctor regarding their symptoms yet in many cases said doctor is not fully equipped to deal with these sorts of issues.
Because of that, patients are not given proper treatment and might not be aware that they are suffering from depression in the first place.
2) Depression twists your mind
When talking about mental disorders, the subject of “mental health” isn’t usually far behind.
For a good reason, too.
After all, mental disorders first and foremost affect the mind, and depression is no exception.
The mental, and perhaps obvious, effects of depression include low mood, lack of interest in things that were interesting to us before, loss of appetite, poor focus and so on.
Aside from those effects, depression is also highly correlated to mental fatigue.
Depressed individuals find it difficult to focus and stay active, often feeling dazed and sleepy even while at work.
These mental effects actually make depression very difficult to overcome
After all, as we have established, depressive disorders actively rewrite the way that we think.
This, in turn, makes them even more difficult to combat.
How can you possibly get better when there are constant voices in your head telling you how much of a waste of time all of this effort is?
Unsurprisingly, it is not at all an easy thing to do.
Maybe this is why so few people actually succeed in overcoming their disorder.
3) Depression ruins your daily life
Up to this point we have discussed the physical and mental effects of depression.
The much bigger question here is how do these effects work in conjunction and how they affect you.
Sure, having an increased risk of heart disease is pretty serious, but it is not quite enough to encourage everyone to change their ways.
If it was then cigarette companies would have to file for bankruptcy.
As it turns out, depression does not just affect your health, it is present in every situation that you find yourself in.
At work, you are ineffective, clumsy, and often end up on your boss’ bad side.
In your relationship, you are likely to come across as needy, whiny and difficult.
You push away your friends, you push away your family and you rarely get anything done.
After all, what’s the point? The thing is, there is a point.
Many depressed individuals may claim that they do not care about anything anymore, and some of them really don’t, but they should.
This uncaring nature is a result of depression, yet it doesn’t stop them from being miserable.
4) Depression increases the risk of suicide
The most famous, and greatest, risk of depression is definitely suicide.
In fact, it is so well known that many people believe the two are synonymous with one another.
But why is that? What would compel a person to end their own life, even if it seems like they have it much better than many other people?
Here’s the thing, mental health is entirely subjective, and not at all reasonable.
The truth is that depression is not rational, and in many cases, there is no particular reason to it.
Rather, for the most part, depression is but a combination of many factors that are a complete mystery to us.
Unless a person keeps a journal and methodically documents their thoughts and feelings every day they might not even notice any changes leading to their disorder.
To put a few hard numbers on this risk, up to 15 percent of clinically depressed people die by suicide.
Compared to the overall 0.00016 percent chance of anyone dying by suicide (16 out of 100,000) and you end up with quite a risky situation on your hands.
Many people who suffer from depression don’t really take into account the strain that their body and mind endure over time.
Eventually, it all builds up to the point where many depression sufferers find themselves unable to continue anymore.
The worst part is that, in most cases, these thoughts as a whole were entirely preventable.
In your case, they still are.
In the end, it’s up to you
Look, many people are aware that depression is not good for them.
They physically experienced the disorder daily and noticed how their lives are going down the drain.
Yet they do nothing about it.
Depression is killing you, slowly but surely, but it does.
It destroys your physical health, it degrades your mental health and it ruins your daily life.
The increased risk of suicide goes without saying.
Yet most people choose to do nothing about their disorder, opting to live with it instead.
This needs to stop.
Depression is considered to be a highly treatable disorder, with the vast majority of people who received therapy demonstrating at least some improvement in their condition.
Even if therapy doesn’t work for you there are many methods that you might benefit from.
The first step is to choose to do so and put in some real effort, regardless of how much your own mind and body fight against it.
Believe me, I know what its like.
I would highly recommend checking The Destroy Depression System to get everything that you need to know about overcoming depression by yourself.
The program is highly practical and the methods detailed in it require no outside help.
There is very little resistance to actually trying to help yourself, so you should definitely give it a go.
If you got any further questions I would be happy to answer them either in the comment section below or via email.
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