Taboo subject: Depressions

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Taboo subject: Depressions

Taboo subject: Depressions

Author Meopin - 19 June 2017

Estimations show that one out of five people suffer from depression in their lifetime, a disease that is still tabooed today.

Many patients blame themselves for their suffering, are ashamed of themselves and often seek very late for help – if at all – for fear of being condemned by their fellow human beings. Often, these people shut themselves down from the outside world and isolate themselves in their suffering.

Others do not realize that they suffer from a depression or do not recognize the symptoms. They build up coping mechanisms to better tolerate their unrecognized symptoms and escape for instance in drugs, alcohol or eating disorders, in order to feel better at least for a short period of time. Addiction and compulsive behavior are often the result of an unrecognized or untreated depression.

Maybe we do not like to talk about depression, just because nobody is safe from them? It could affect anyone.

In addition to drastic fatalities or trauma in every age phase, triggers can also be too high expectations or demands to onself or unreachable goals…

Symptoms of depression include:

  • despondency
  • listlessness
  • sluggishness
  • sleep disorders
  • concentration difficulties
  • persistent fatigue
  • inner unrest
  • constant pondering
  • pessimistic future prospects
  • debt and self-accusations
  • despair even with minimal setbacks
  • suicidal thoughts

If you recognize that you suffer from depression, you should seek professional help. But this is often easier said than done. The therapeutic approaches are diverse and distinct. The corresponding health professions as well as psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychosomatic clinics – these are all the terms we have heard already, but to who should we turn when we need help?

Which health care practices are recognized and which are not, also differs from country to country. Which therapy is taken over by the health insurance and which is not? Is treatment with psychopharmaceuticals individually indispensable or perhaps even contraproductive? Does the patient need an acute therapy or a long-term therapy? Should the therapy be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis?

Questions over questions and this in a society that has just gradualy begun to openly deal with depression.

With Meopin, the search for a suitable therapist in your area is much easier. The online platform Meopin covers all healthcare professions across countries and the integrated and controlled evaluation  system allows you to benefit from the experience of other patients and to shed light on the dark.

Meopin will continue to provide you with useful information on health topics, as well as avoiding taboos – in the interest of your health.


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