Does the Stigma Associated with a Depression Diagnosis Prevent Many People from Seeking Treatment?

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As an American student I did work in a clinic where I was trying to get depression skills and this is a medicine clinic and at least half the patients we diagnosed with depression refused to see a psychiatrist. A lot of it is due to the lack of knowledge, I mean we believe that the brain is somehow determines our character and our will power and if the brain is ill, which is really what depression is, is a weakness in our character and our personality and our will power as opposed to it being a biological condition.

So this somewhat blessed folks of it character-logical disorder as opposed to being a biological disorder is really the problem and the more we understand that it's a biological condition, the more people would be open to treatment but that's not just a problem with the public but it's an issue with the field.

Studying the brain or studying how the mind works is like trying catch lightning in a bottle. It's a very sophisticated, well the most sophisticated system on the planet. So the research in psychiatry is obviously lagging behind the other areas of medicine but as we are able to provide biological models that make sense people will be able to believe that it's biology.

But if we can't provide models over that in the past we haven't been able to, it has been difficult to convince people because it was more of an opinion as opposed to a condition. If you had pneumonia can you wheel yourself out of it? And I'll say depression is a pneumonia of the brain.

If you can't snap yourself out of pneumonia or a broken leg, you cannot snap yourself out of a depression.