Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Nowadays, the number of people suffering from depression is significantly increasing, and those who suffer from hidden depression fight against their inner demons while people around them are completely unaware of it.
Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their inner demons in a way that doesn’t make them clearly visible. They may or may not be diagnosed, and this may or may not be something they’ve shared with even their closest of companions. The problem is that the world becomes darkest when we all stop being able to understand each other.
We tend to believe that hardship is worn openly upon one’s chest like a battle scar, but many of these wounds do not easily reveal themselves to those that do not take the time to look.
We started suppressing feelings and problems instead of sharing them with someone close, and this only aggravates the issue.
Yet, everyone needs to know the most common signs of hidden depression, so if you notice them in someone you know, it is time to act and help:
1.They are pessimistic
Intelligence often goes hand in hand with depression, and depressive people are good at solving problems, but they tend to be pessimistic.
2.They can be pros at “cover-up” stories.
This can be for anything from the cuts on their arms to the reason they skipped dinner. People who live with different forms of depression experience various hardships that can at times impede the normalcy of their daily lives. In these low instances, they know what to say to avoid attention from others to those displays of pain. Often they don’t want to recognize that they are hitting a low point either, so they know how to hide it.
3. Cry for help
If someone you know constantly asks help and appears weak, you need to talk to him/her and establish a bond before you act and manage to help.
4. Abandonment issues
Depressed people often avoid getting close to other people due to their fear that they will be abandoned.
5. Irregular sleeping patterns
Depressed people often battle with insomnia or spend their days sleeping.
6. They search for meaning
Depressed people anxiously search for the purpose in life, and are often obsessed with existential questions.
7. They seek love and acceptance, as every person does.
Shielding the world from one’s personal demons is not done so for the sake of dishonesty. People who live with depression in a private and undisclosed way do so for protection. This is for the protection of their hearts. This is for the protection of the people around them. This is for the protection of the success of their dreams.
8. They cannot calm down their mind
Their thoughts are quick, deep, and analytical, so they face difficulties to calm their mind.
9. Hide their mood
Depressive people are good at hiding their feelings, so their mood swings are rarely obvious since they can easily fake a smile.
10. They may exhibit a very involved perception of life and death.
Not every person with depression has felt suicidal. However, depression often invokes a unique and complex thought process about life in general. Facing one’s mortality often comes at moments of desperation.
The most important habit and motivation of those with unseen depression to understand is that they search for love and acceptance. We all do. The only way to gain it is to spread it.