5 Myths About Suicide and Depression

April 14, 2017 by admin0

Depression is a widespread mental disorder; over 300 million people (irrespective of age) suffer from depression globally. According to the World Health Organisation, it is the leading cause of disability in people worldwide.

Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/

At its worst, depression leads to suicide. Even though depression and suicide are the most common and serious problems, many people are less aware of them.

Here are a few myths about suicide and depression:

Myth 1

Just like other diseases, depression is also a medical disease
This is completely false. Depression is rather a complex psychological disorder that has its roots in both biological and social factors. Although it has neurobiological components, it’s not at all a medical disease.

Myth 2

Depression is extreme sadness and grief

Ordinary sadness or grief gets over with time, but when you are depressed, even your willpower cannot pull you out of that sadness. It is an overwhelming feeling of sadness and hopelessness for no apparent reason. People who are depressed have zero motivation and energy levels. They have trouble in sleeping. And this feeling may continue for weeks even months.

Myth 3

People commit suicide for valid reasons

It’s a false notion. Psychologists agree that the majority of the suicide cases are an outcome of some mental disorder. Suicidal tendencies are high in people who have a mental disorder and are resistant to medication. People who experience symptoms such as guilt, jealousy and persecution are at greater risk of committing suicide. Depression makes people feel extreme hopelessness to the point where they start thinking that their life has no use or value and they are a burden on others.

Myth 4

Someone who is receiving treatment or admitted to the hospital never commits suicide

This is not true. People suffering from psychotic disorders are at risk of contemplating suicide even though they receive proper treatment. The risk of suicide is also high in patients suffering from terminal illness. Long-term pain & disability also affect people’s psychology.

Myth 5

Suicide is uncommon

According to the World Health Organisation, nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year, and more people attempt suicide.

Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/

It is advisable to consult a psychologist and take counselling for depression to avert untoward situations. If you are looking for places to take counselling for depression in Kolkata, contact us at http://moneralo.com/contact-us/.


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