Depression is a dangerous monster lurking around every corner. It can strike at any given time, and you won’t be able to sense it at once. Unfortunately, many people who’ve experienced the pain and emptiness of depression decided to keep their feelings hidden.
Some of them might be suffering and falling apart on the inside, but appear tough on the outside, just because they don’t want to be a burden to their loved ones or simply they are afraid of being labeled as “crazy”.
The truth is, it’s not always easy to notice the signs of depression in someone. A person struggling with this issue can hide their sorrow behind their smile, because of their sheer fear of embarrassment. Here are all the signs that show a person might be experiencing concealed depression:
1. NO INTEREST IN ACTIVITIES THEY ONCE LOVED
The majority of people who deal with depression have troubles to engage in a productive and meaningful work. Their confusing condition makes them lose interest in every activity they once enjoyed.
So, if you notice that your loved one is having trouble to get out of bed and can’t seem to find their motivation, you might consider talking to them about it. Even if you don’t get a proper feedback, just stay and listen to them talk. It might be just the thing they need.
2. LACK OF ENERGY
One of the biggest indicators of hidden depression is the lack of energy. It’s the inability to sleep at night, the constant emptiness, the hopeless feelings and the daunting confusion of the mind. All of these combined together can leave a person severely exhausted without any will to move forward.
However, all of these harmful habits can be defeated with a well-established care for both the body and mind. It is essential to adopt healthier habits as a first step towards healing.
3. A LOSS OF APPETITE OR A SUDDEN INCREASE IN APPETITE
Another very common symptom of depression can be the sudden change in appetite, like overeating or losing appetite.
Gary Kennedy, MD, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, says, “A sudden change in weight, either gaining or losing, can be a warning of depression, especially in someone who has other symptoms of depression or a history of depression.”
4. CHRONIC INSOMNIA
Insomnia is something a lot of people struggle with. And while a couple of nights of tossing and turning in your bed don’t signal a depression, not being able to fall asleep for a long time might lead to a serious issue.
Patients who experience a chronic depression have a big chance of developing depression compared to those who don’t deal with depression. Moreover, doctors believe that with a proper treatment of insomnia, most patients could see a drastic decrease in their depression symptoms.
5. SUBSTANCE ABUSE AS A WAY TO DEAL WITH DEPRESSION
Many people lose themselves in the dangerous world of narcotic substances and alcoholism. They seek for something, anything which could fade minds, erase their confusion, if only just for an hour.
The desperate need for escape into oblivion leads to serious addiction to dangerous and hazardous substances. Which ultimately, can be the reason for bigger, life-threatening issues.
6. SPENDING MOST OF THE TIME ALONE
These people facing the traumatic experience of depression, tend to isolate themselves in their own world. The fear of poor judgment and embarrassment makes them back off and seek peace in solitude.
A good indicator of depression is staying away from any social activities and spending time alone instead.
7. SAYING ‘I’M FINE’ WHEN THEY AREN’T
A person with depression is usually skilled at covering up their true feelings. They might feel embarrassed to come clean or they want to avoid the hassle of speaking about their struggles.
Either way, if you notice that a person you love isn’t well, but keeps hiding their emotions, they might have concealed depression. Try to reach them.
8. SUBTLE CRIES FOR HELP
It’s in those words, actions, their current health and mood swings. You’ll be able to perceive their cry for help, only if you pay a close attention. A person dealing with this perplexing condition won’t always reveal their problems to you. Because they’re afraid you might misunderstand them.
Have in mind that they might be very confused and scared of their own thoughts. Be patient and make sure to be there when they finally reach out for your help.
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