Depression is one of those sneaky, subtle monsters that lurk around corners and dark alleys.
It strikes without warning and often those who experience the confusion and pain that comes with depression keep it hidden, even from their loved ones.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not they are suffering because they appear ‘fine’ on the outside where in fact they are not. People who conceal their depression don’t want to be a burden to people and are also afraid of being called ‘crazy’.
The thing is, you probably wouldn’t know someone was suffering from depression unless you knew what to look for.
Someone who conceals their depression hides behind their smile and often light-hearted personality
Here are all the signs you should look out for if you suspect a loved one might be experiencing concealed depression:
1. They have no interest in activities which they once loved
Most people who are dealing with depression struggle with engaging in activities, even if it’s something they used to love doing. The depression makes them lose interest easily, self-motivation doesn’t work any longer and they end up staying in bed all day or not going outside at all.
If you notice this in someone who you think may be experiencing depression consider talking to them about it. Subtle motivation and encouragement goes a long way for someone who is struggling to do it on their own and it may just be exactly what they need.
2. They have little or no energy
One of the main indicators of concealed depression is a lack of energy. The inability to get out of bed, even after sleeping all night. The other reason could be the opposite, meaning they lack energy because they are struggling to sleep at night.
A lack of energy and sleep can be dangerous for an already tired and confused mind. The best treatment for this is a well-balanced diet and fresh air. So it’s best to kindly suggest a walk or a trip to the store in order to buy good food. Making this a part of your daily routine can help get them out of their slump.
3. They have no appetite or they suddenly have an increase in appetite
Another clear indicator and very common symptom of depression is a sudden change in the appetite. When someone stops eating altogether or starts overeating this may be seen as an indication that they are in fact suffering from depression, especially if there
If you notice a sudden change and suspect them of experiencing depression, the best thing to do is kindly talk to them about it. You may not get an immediate response but just be showing them that you are there for them may be just what they need because people who suffer from depression often feel alone in the world.
4. They suffer from chronic insomnia
Insomnia is something many people suffer from, however, chronic insomnia is different. Not being able to sleep for days and nights on end can lead to even more serious mental issues.
If someone you know is experiencing chronic depression they should go and see a professional for help. Doctors believe that proper treatment for insomnia can lead to a decrease in depression symptoms.
5. They use substance abuse as a way of dealing with their depression
Substance abuse is a very common symptom of depression. The person suffering looks for ways to escape their mind even if it’s for a couple of hours. Addiction can come in many forms such as drugs and even food.
It’s wise to seek professional help like counselling or rehab if the person is suffering from addiction.
6. They isolate themselves from society
Another symptom is isolation, now not everyone who isolates themselves is depressed but those who constantly do so may be suffering from depression. They fear judgement from people and therefore think it’s best to isolate themselves.
If you notice your loved one or friend constantly saying no to social activities and would rather be alone they might be suffering from depression and the best way to help them will be to encourage them in the comfort of their own home rather than force them to socialize in a big group.
7. They constantly say ‘I’m fine’ when they clearly aren’t
It’s easy to see whether someone is okay or not, and if they are constantly saying ‘I’m fine’ and never use any other adjective then one can assume that something is wrong and they may be suffering from concealed depression.
The best thing to do is to then ask them ‘why’ as this may lead them to tell you why they are not good or anything more than just fine. Reaching out to the person will show them that you care.
Depression is not always easy to see, it’s up to us to educate ourselves on the symptoms and if we suspect our loved ones or friends of suffering from concealed depression to be aware and show them that they are not alone.