Is Depression as Easy to Deal With as People Seem to Think?

Updated on April 25, 2019
Wyatt Scratch profile image

Raised by a pair of psychologists and an avid advocate of mental health awareness.

No, It Isn't

Seems like it would be self-explanatory, right? Of course it isn't easy to deal with, or else it wouldn't be such a massive problem. However, time and time again the same things are said. "Go for a walk. Cheer up. Just get over it." These phrases aren't just ignorant, but can be detrimental to someone's well-being. If someone could feel better by just doing it, why wouldn't they?

Art can help bridge the gap between people who experience depression and those who don't.
Art can help bridge the gap between people who experience depression and those who don't. | Source

Reasons For Depression

Many assume depression is triggered by a specific, traumatic event, when in reality it's caused by many other factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Genetics
  • Physical Illness
  • Substance Abuse
  • Certain Medications Such As Isotretinoin (used to treat acne)
  • Stress
  • Social Isolation

Those aren't the only factors either. There can be so many reasons it starts, and when someone with depression is told they just have to get over it, it can make the problem so much worse.

Why Can't Depressed People Just Go To Therapy?

A question I've heard countless times when talking to people with loved ones who are depressed. It's frustrating, but I can't blame people for not knowing much about the mental health industry. After all, it's not like it's ever mentioned in grade school. One of the main reasons is simple - not enough therapists. As a Canadian citizen, I am lucky enough to get help for free due to the health care system. The problem is that you get put on a waiting list for months or even years before getting to see someone. A time frame during which someone with depression has no choice but to stew in their own despair. It's even worse in the USA, where not only will you be put on a waiting list, you have to pay top dollar just to get on one.

It's difficult to see when you have depression, and a self-diagnosis is almost never accurate.
It's difficult to see when you have depression, and a self-diagnosis is almost never accurate. | Source

Why Not Just Cure It With Some Medication?

I'm sad this question gets asked. Again, I can't blame people for misunderstanding, but it's not that easy. There's no cure for depression. No magical pill that makes you feel happy. That's not how medication works. Without getting all Bill-Nye here, depression is essentially a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medication helps balance it back to normal levels again. It's normal for doctors to prescribe different medications to see which one works best for you. In countries with health plans, this process takes even more time, as it can take weeks to see if a certain medication is good or bad for you. If you're in the USA it takes even more money, which many people can't afford, so they can't find the right medication. Even with the right meds, it takes a lot of effort to dig yourself out of the hole depression creates.

People can't agree on how to feel about anti-depressants. Some love them, some don't. My advice is to talk to your doctor about concerns and benefits of going on them.
People can't agree on how to feel about anti-depressants. Some love them, some don't. My advice is to talk to your doctor about concerns and benefits of going on them. | Source

The Bigger Picture

If you're astute, you've noticed there's a dangerous cycle here. Someone becomes depressed and tries to get a diagnosis and therapist. They're put on a waiting list for months to years at a time. During this time, due to the lack of professional help, they retreat inward, becoming socially isolated and frustrated at not being able to enjoy life in the slightest. Due to this lack of enjoyment, it's difficult to hold down a job, get through school, or maintain any relationships with anyone. This means they have little to no resources when therapy and medicine does come their way. If they can't afford help, they'll stay depressed. That's the issue at it's core. Even with free health care, the waiting time can be excruciating, especially since more and more cases of depression keep popping up.

So What Can I Do?

First off, validate their feelings. Never say words like "Get over it." or "Just wait." It's likely a chemical imbalance. It isn't their fault, and being told that can mean the world to someone. Second, do the research. In this day and age, ignorance is a choice. It's difficult to find reliable sources on the internet, but make the effort, because someone suffering from severe depression likely won't. Finally, try and make time for them. It can be rough, as depression can come out as anger, sadness, apathy, or even hostility. Don't let them isolate themselves completely, don't let them feel alone.

In Summary

There are way too many myths about various mental illnesses to list them all off, but many are very harmful and demeaning. What's worse is that no one is to blame for causing this problem, but it's possible to try and end it. Do some research into all kinds illnesses and try to break the image of mental health you might have in your head. Everyone has a mental health, the same way you have physical health and like physical health, mental health requires healthy choices to maintain. If you believe you are suffering from any kind of mental illness or strain, talk to a doctor.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, youmemindbody.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://youmemindbody.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)