Some people have been dealing with depression for so long that they have become extremely good at hiding it from others. They go about their lives like nothing is wrong, in fact, many of them have a seemingly productive life. They have gotten so good at masking their true feeling that sometimes they do not see it either.
If you love someone that is hiding depression, it is important to try to get beyond the facade.
5 signs of Hidden Depression
1. Sudden changes in eating or sleeping
Sudden behavioral changes can be a sign of depression. If a person is suddenly not sleeping or is sleeping too much, this could be a sign that something is going on. Some people with depression may suddenly starting eat way too much or they may stop eating altogether.
Of course, both of these changes alone are not enough to say definitively that it is depression. Usually changes like these do suggest that something is going on and it could be a reaction to stress as well. If you notice these changes in someone, now is the time to ask if they are ok. Letting someone know that you are here for them is always a good thing.
2. They seem less optimistic than usual
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3. Sudden talks about “deep” topics
If a person is suddenly having conversations about deep topics such as “the meaning of life” or are constantly discussing where their life is, it is time to take notice. If this person’s normal character is to not take himself too seriously, suddenly starts being very retrospective, this can be a sign that they are hiding depression.
4. Anxiety, Anger and Irritability that is out of character
If your friend is normally the type of person that goes with the flow then sudden anxiety, anger and irritability can be a sign of depression. Even if they are walking around with a smile, if these are out of character for the person, then something is going on. These feelings are difficult to mask and it is a warning sign that they may be hiding depression.
5. Sending out a cry for help and taking it back
People that are hiding depression struggle with keeping it hidden. Sometimes, they may stop struggling and tell someone about it. They may even go so far as to make appointments to get some real help.
But they soon realize they’ve gone too far and seeking help would mean admitting they have a problem. If they have talked to a friend about their issues, they may now claim it was a joke or that they were having a bad day.
Many people that we care about may be walking around wearing a fake smile on a bad day. That isn’t something to be worried about but if it becomes a long term issue, it is time to heed the warning signs. These five signs can help determine if someone you love is hiding depression.
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