Debunking Depression: Five Commonly Believed Myths About Depression

If your teen is struggling with depression, then surely you’re aware of the myths about depression; those all too common misconceptions that hinder public understanding of a very serious psychological disorder—and that do even more harm to those who struggle every day with this impactful, sometimes debilitating condition.

About 20 percent of teens suffer from depression; and if your child is one of them, it is likely that they may be facing some of the prejudices and stereotypes that come as part and parcel of this disorder.

Common Myths About Depression

Here are some of the common myths about depression, and advice on how your teen can answer and overcome them:

  1. Snap out of it. Friends have likely told your teen to just snap out of their depressive funks; to simply ‘cheer up’ and be positive. Your teen can explain to them that depression is a disease of mind, not mood. It is not possible for a clinically depressed person to simply pep up and boost their own mood.
  2. Focus on the good things in life. Your teen may very well have a lot going for them, in the form of a loving home, lots of friends, solid academic performance and creative talents, etc. Yet they still can suffer from profound depression, just as they can succumb to any other illness. They can appreciate and sometimes enjoy their lives, while still struggling with the clinical effects of depression.
  3. Think more positively. When one’s body is beset with the physical and chemical effects of depression, which include excessive nervousness and fatigue, then the very act of thinking clearly can become a definite challenge—let anyone positively. Your teens should feel free to tell their friends that a bumper sticker philosophy like “Think big” or “Smile more” can’t in itself alter their emotional state.
  4. Maybe we should just leave you alone. Sure, depressed teens can seem at times to be real loners who reject any and all forms of social contact or even sympathy. The truth is, however, that they still need their friends to check in on them and care for them. And they need you.

Elevations RTC can help

Elevations is an all gender Residential Treatment Center dedicated to helping adolescents aged 13-18 overcome challenges stemming from mental health problems, emotional disorders, learning disorders, substance use, and other issues. For more information, visit Elevations RTC at call .