Myths and Facts about Treating Depression

Treating depression requires the customized, individualized care of experienced professionals, like the medical team at Klarity Clinic. At their offices in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Fairfield, California; the medical team offers comprehensive care for persistent depressive disorders and major depression.

It can be difficult to reach out for help when you’re dealing with ongoing depressive symptoms. You may also delay seeking help because of the misinformation that circling around about depression and its treatment.

The compassionate physicians at Klarity Clinic provide some insight into the myths and facts of depression and its treatment. They encourage anyone who’s struggling to cope with persistent feelings of hopelessness and other symptoms of the disorder to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.  

The most common misconceptions about depression include:

MYTH: Depression resolves on its own,

FACT: Chronic depression isn’t something you can shake off. Many with a depressive disorder require medical treatment to relieve the severity of their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.

Ignoring the warning signs of depression can lead to a worsening of the symptoms that ultimately become more difficult to treat. However, with the right care, you can find solutions for managing depression.

MYTH: Treatment doesn’t work.

FACT: Though it’s true there are no ‘magic-pill solutions’ for treating depression, the disorder is highly treatable with the right treatment plan.

Medications, talk therapy, and lifestyle changes all work together to relieve feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and self-doubt associated with depression.

MYTH: Depression is all in your head.

FACT: Depression is a disease. Like any other disease, including diabetes or high blood pressure, you need the right treatment plan to address the condition.

There are people who consider depression and other mental health disorders as a character flaw, rather than a medical issue, and fail to seek help. However, if you’re diabetic, you need to take insulin to live a healthy life. If you have depression, you may need medications and therapy to protect your long-term health and wellbeing.

MYTH: Treatment for depression negatively changes.

FACT: Many of the treatments available for depression do play a role in changing your brain chemistry, which is necessary for addressing the root cause of depressive symptoms.

However, making a general statement about depression treatments changing your character or personality aren’t accurate. Many people who find significant relief of depression symptoms enjoy positive benefits of treatment.

It’s important to pay attention to how certain treatments affect you and don’t give up. Stay open to alternative medicines and therapeutic strategies if one particular treatment isn’t working well for you.

MYTH: The only treatment for depression is antidepressants.

FACT: Antidepressant medications do help many overcome the weight of depressive symptoms. However, that’s just one option for treatment.

For many whose lives are disrupted by the symptoms of depression, treatment with ketamine infusions can significantly reduce the severity of symptoms. Ketamine works by increasing levels of glutamate, the most important neurotransmitter involved in normal brain function.

Ketamine infusions can even be effective in addressing treatment-resistant depression when you can’t find relief from traditional therapies.

If you have questions about ketamine infusions for depression or need help managing depressive symptoms, call the Klarity Clinic office nearest you, or request an appointment online today.

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