It’s known that there is a huge stigma against mental illness and depression all over the United States. Many people get uncomfortable when the subjec is brought up. However, a new study shows that it’s not just the ones surrounded by depression that are unwilling to talk about, but it’s the patient suffering from the illness that’s keeping quiet too.
A study was conducted in California showing that one of the main reasons depression is under-diagnosed is because most people aren’t willing to express concerns with their doctors. Although California is one of the more open states when it comes to depression and other illnesses, the people in this survey still refused to talk to their doctor about the possibility of being depressed.
Many of the reasons people didn’t want to open up was in fear they would be medicated or their private information would be passed on to others. Most people assume that when others find out, they’ll be seen differently, but that’s not always the case. Thousands of people are diagnosed or suffer with depression every year, so chances are these people who are afraid to talk about it are actually surrounded by people who are in the same boat as they are.
Medication is not always the only answer, either. Many people find art and writing very therapeutic and helpful as well as doing other activities such as yoga. A book titled, “Yoga for Emotional Balance: Simple Practices to Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression” shows how helpful a simple activity really can be. Depression can be diagnosed and treated early if people are only willing to start talking.