Missing the signs and symptoms of depression
Depression can go undiagnosed for years; one of the reasons for this is that some people are very good at covering up the signs and symptoms of depression.
Research published by the journal of international reports that family and friends of an extroverted person often miss the symptoms and signs of depression.
Before the research started, the researchers hypothesized that family and friends would miss depression in an introverted person.
What the research showed was that the opposite was true; the depression signs were more likely to be missed in people with an extroverted and outgoing personality.
Additionally researchers discovered that signs of depression were missed in a person that may be labeled as a conformist or agreeable.
Dr Duberstein said
"Duberstein said "Don't assume that because someone is outgoing or agreeable that they are not vulnerable to becoming depressed."
I back this research because I've seen the situation of everybody missing depression in someone who was outgoing and seen as very strong mentally.
This person went to church regularly, went to functions etc. When the diagnosis came people didn't really know how to deal with it, they didn't know what to say.
Sometimes the symptoms and signs of depression aren't recognized simply because people don't want to recognize it.
Mental illnesses carry a stigma and depression is not an exception to the rule.
Recognizing the signs means having to deal with it and as I said earlier many people don't know how to. Reponses like "cheer up" don't help at all.
A English cricketer called Michael Yardy recently left the world cup because he was suffering from depression, according to the English medical team he has been managing depression for some time. His team mate Ravi Bopara said
"It was a little bit of a surprise to find out he had left this morning but these things happen, we have seen them happen before
I noticed he wasn't quite the normal Michael Yardy, normally he pops into my room for a game of Fifa [video game] and we have a dig at each other."
"There is fierce competition between me and him but he hasn't been popping in for the last few days."
Michael Yardy was good at hiding any signs of depressions, good at putting on act.
He managed to hide his depression from the England medical team, his teammates, supporters, family and friends and everyone else. As he struggled with his depression, the act became harder to keep up.
The journal Lancet published a large scientific review in 2009 that suggests regular doctors don't know how to diagnosis depression.
Lancet reviewed 41 studies which involved over 50,000 patients in developed countries, they discovered that general practitioners wrongly diagnosed depression in 19% of healthy people and missed proper cases of depression around half the time.
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