DEPRESSION: MENTAL ILLNESS OR A MYTH?
How often have we come across the word ‘depression’ in our day to day lives! It has emerged as a plague that can no sooner be eradicated. Every other walking person suffers with it, either severely or moderately. But a survey reports that about 73% of the mass don’t consider depression as an illness but a myth. Is it so?
Absolutely not. We live in an era where Newton and Einstein are being cross-checked with their theories, so why are we dodging the possibility of the existence of depression? Mental health professionals define depression as cancerous to mind and body.
WHY DO PEOPLE SHY AWAY FROM DEPRESSION?
- An individual often doesn’t talk about the illness as they are scared people will consider them to be weak and retarded.
- Depression is often defined as a transferable
- A large section of the older generation denies the possibility of depression and its existence.
- The myth that depressed people are psychos prevails in a society which prevents the sufferer to open up about these
- ‘Depression is nothing but a tantrum’. This is what many of the young men and women get to hear from their parents when consulted.
- The cliché superstitious beliefs of ghosts and gods surviving in the body are again a cringe-worthy notion.
The reasons are abundant. How can such a sensitive topic become a matter of myth and joke to people?
Mental health professionals who research the mind of human beings and deals with patients regularly report that about one-third of the people suffering from depression commit suicide just because they don’t get proper help and due to their shyness from accepting the existence of the illness.
STEPS TO TAKE AGAINST THE NOTIONS OF DEPRESSION
- Spread awareness about the significance of depression and its contagious consequences.
- Every sufferer should come up with their problems without any hesitation in front of society.
- People who consider depression as a valid illness should help patients with love and care and must look to set an example.
- Never make fun of others problems and educate our succeeding generation about the illness.
Doctors hold the responsibility to instil a sense of trust and confidence in their patients about their illness. The society must overcome the fact of denying the presence of depression. Every person around the world should be treated normally and not be judged on the characteristics and nature.