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A psychotherapist dispelled the myths about depression


Depression is a mental disorder, the manifestations of which are low mood, apathy (reluctance to do anything) and decreased motor activity. A person loses motivation for achievements and interest in life, devalues ​​his merits, life goals. The duration of depression and its severity are usually determined by a person’s life circumstances and personal qualities.

And although this disorder is quite common, there are still many myths around it. In particular, depression is often confused with laziness and tears, not taking seriously the seriousness of a person’s condition and trying to artificially “stir” him. The reasons for this perception may be the nature of the condition itself and the lack of specific data on its causes. Psychotherapist JSC “Medicine” (clinic of Academician Roitberg) Mikhail Sergeevich Kumov dispelled common myths about depression.

There are no different types of depression

Depression is a symptom of many affective disorders, the most common of which is major depressive disorder. However, there are so many variations of this condition that most of them are not even classified. Other more common disorders include dysthymia, which is characterized by a prolonged course, and catatonic depression, in which dysmotility occurs.

Depression is not a disease

Many people deny the existence of depression or are convinced that it cannot be considered an illness. It is an illusion. The existence of this disorder has been biologically proven. During depression, the neural circuits in the regions of the brain that are responsible for mood function with disturbances.

Depression comes from idleness and idleness


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There is an opinion that if you load a person with work, especially heavy physical labor, depression will pass. These methods are good in moderation for the prevention of the disorder, as well as good nutrition, healthy sleep. Treating depression with a psychotherapist.

Medicines for depression must be taken for life

Medication is only one tool to fight depression. Seeing a specialist does not necessarily mean that the doctor will prescribe medication, although it can be very effective for severe forms of the disease. Even if a person takes antidepressants, their use will not last a lifetime. Your doctor can help you determine the right time to stop taking your medications.

People with depression often cry

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When depression appears, some people do not cry or show their psychological state. Instead, they may seem emotionally “empty” and feel worthless or useless. Even without pronounced symptoms, depression keeps people from enjoying life and affects relationships with others.

You can get rid of depression with the help of drug therapy and psychotherapy. It is necessary to consult a doctor who will prescribe the appropriate treatment depending on the patient’s condition.

The material is for informational purposes only. To make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment, you should contact your doctor.

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