Benefits of Speaking Openly about Depression

Benefits of Speaking Openly about DepressionIt can be very difficult for depressed people to speak about their conditions. In some cases patients may not even realize they are depressed, while others feel unnecessary shame to avoid discussing their depression. It can even be difficult for the friends and loved ones of a depressed individual to speak openly about their concerns. But the way to overcome any mental health issue is to acknowledge it and then discuss it with friends, family or treatment professionals.

The Benefits of Discussing Mental Health Issues

Speaking openly about depression and substance abuse has any of the following benefits:

  • Depression and other mental illnesses thrive in secrecy
  • Help is available when it is sought
  • Once the fear of shame and disappointment has passed, real healing can begin
  • Admitting your struggles with depression may encourage others to open up about their problems
  • In most cases the people around you already know that you are depressed and would like to support you however they can
  • Discussing depression may identify other psychological disorders that plague you

In these ways, you can heal from depression if you just talk about it.

How Depression Works

Many people mistakenly believe depression to be either persistent sadness or wanting attention. The truth is that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain. A wide variety of critical life functions are controlled by this chemical system, including the following list:

  • Waking and sleeping
  • Appetite and eating
  • Emotional responses
  • Romantic and sexual attraction
  • Motivation and mood
  • Fear response
  • Anxiety control

Symptoms of depression are connected to these functions and include the following:

  • Emotional numbness
  • Apathy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Emotional volatility
  • Loss of interest in people or activities that were once very important to you
  • Suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Substance abuse

These imbalances can be caused by several things, including genetic predisposition, exposure to emotional or physical trauma, substance abuse or the sudden loss of a loved one. Healing often requires a combination of counseling and medication, depending on the severity.

What to Do about My Depression

If you are experiencing symptoms of depression please seek help immediately. Some of the most common safe places to talk about your condition include the following sources:

  • Recovery groups
  • Spiritual leaders or clergy
  • Close friends
  • Medical doctors
  • Therapists

If you are not comfortable with any of these suggestions, please call our toll-free helpline any time. Our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day and they are ready to answer any questions you may have about depression and recovery. We understand depression and what it takes to recover. Don’t carry this burden alone. Call today and let us help you find meaningful treatment.