Depression is one of the most common mental issues nowadays. We constantly read about people’s experiences and try to sympathize with their insufferable states of the mind.
It’s merely a plague of the 21st century seeing how it affects about 350 million people around the world. So, it’s safe to say that at some point we were all affected by it, one way or another. Some of us in a much higher intensity than others.
However, people who go through life experiencing this horrible condition tend to keep quiet and far away from communication. That’s why it is essential for us to make sure to pick up every sign that might indicate a repressed sorrow or depression.
We need to be there for them. We need to help them fight it, but we also need a lot of patience in order to get close to them.
Here are 5 subtle behaviors and phrases people who struggle with depression manifest:
1. THEY TEND TO SPEAK IN ABSOLUTES
People who have hidden depression tend to explain their daily experience using words like “always” or “never”. There’s no grey area. It’s either black or white. And while this is something you might not notice at first, it is quite obvious.
They’ll start talking how they’ll “always feel that way”; or “they’ll never get over it”. In these moments, it is essential to pay close attention to them. You could be the one who could say the right or the wrong word to them. You could be the one to make the difference.
2. THEY FREQUENTLY TALK ABOUT THAT CERTAIN SCARY EXPERIENCE
You might think that people suffering from depression are much better closeted, and you might be right. But, they also have a need to explain this certain scary experience to their close ones.
They know that sometimes people can easily misunderstand them and make them crazy. However, they need a person who’ll just be there. Even if there’s no response, they still need someone who could listen to them while they talk about their issue.
3. THEY TEND TO OBSESS THEIR MINDS
If you’ve seen a person obsessing about their certain state with a fear in their eyes, it is maybe time to start thinking what could you do to help them. People with depression become so concerned with the madness occurring inside their mind, they tend to forget to take care of themselves.
If that is the case and it’s clear that they’ve gone hopeless, kindly advise them to get professional help. But, don’t stop at that. Even if they rudely refuse, make sure to find a particular, subtle way to get close to them and help them.
4. THEY USE WORDS WITH NEGATIVE MEANING
A person struggling with depression is most likely to have zero to none motivation to move forward. There are brave and fearless individuals that manage to fight the darkness, however, most of these people tend to give in to the horrible sensation.
That’s why we need more compassion and understanding for these people. We need to raise awareness about these fragile conditions and do out best to help the sufferers.
5. THEY INDULGE IN A HARMFUL ADDICTION
It might not exactly be a subtle signal, but it is definitely worth mentioning. Depression often forces individuals to indulge in the consumption of harmful substances.
They seek for something that will lessen the pain and will fade out their daunting thoughts, even if it’s for a short period of time. And that’s how they come across alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and various other addictions.
While these symptoms are not the absolute indicators of depression, they’re amongst the serious signals a person could manifest, and they need to be taken seriously.
For more symptoms that indicate a presence of depression, check out this video below. The more you understand their nature, the more you could help.