Concealed Depression is more dangerous than the open one! Many people keep their feelings hidden, which is a path to concealed depression. Depression can strike anyone at any given time, so when someone you know could be falling apart inside, but they might appear tough on the outside so they don’t feel like a burden to loved ones, you are surprise! The just don’t want to cause themselves any embarrassment. Depression affects approximately 350 million people of all ages worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Depression can fluctuate in severity depending on events going on in a person’s life, including genetics, diet, environment, personality, and chemical imbalances in the brain and can vary in duration.
Sadly, many people in the world, because they feel embarrassed to speak up about their mental health, don’t get the help they need, or because other people have made them feel guilty or weak when they tried to explain their feelings.
You can help yourself or other people by knowing and looking out for the following signs of hidden depression:
People who are depressed try to engage in things they once found enjoyable, but don’t find these activities pleasurable anymore. Many people with depression find that they have no interest in doing much of anything, and just getting out of bed can seem like an insurmountable task most days. Here is an example: if you once loved to jogging or dance, but just the thought of getting up and moving seems like torture, you might have concealed depression.
Sometimes you can mix up the lack of energy from depression with lack of energy by exhaustion. You can “justify” your lack of energy by working too much, etc… But actually, one of the biggest indicators of concealed depression is a lack of energy by having no sound sleep at night, or the constant feelings of hopelessness and despair that plague the mind. However, you can combat these feelings by eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and socializing even if you don’t feel like it. Be careful, step by step!
You can easily recognize this sign of concealed depression: either overeating, or losing interest in food. 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.”
So if you notice yourself either having no appetite, or eating to appease your emotions, you could be depressed.
According to WebMD, 80% of adults with depression have trouble falling or staying asleep. Patients who have chronic insomnia have triple the chance of developing depression compared to those who don’t suffer from insomnia. Many doctors believe that by treating insomnia, most patients would see a drastic decrease in their depression symptoms. While a couple of nights of tossing and turning don’t signal depression, not being able to fall and stay asleep over the course of weeks or months could point to a deeper issue.
If you find that you have trouble sleeping most nights, and you’ve noticed this happening consistently over a long period of time, you might suffer from concealed depression.
One really bad thing to happen is using substances! Most of the time, people just want to escape their mind and emotions for a short amount of time, and can easily become addicted to the substance since it provides the desired result. This is a very common way that people use to overcome depression for a short period of time. Someone who abuses substances such as drugs and/or alcohol might try to deny their depression and say they use the substance for other reasons.
“I’m fine” as an answer that you hire all the time from some people, indicate that a person is suffering of depression. They have become skilled at covering up their true feelings, either so they don’t have to go through the hassle of telling someone about their struggles, or because they feel embarrassed. Either way, if you notice that someone you love tends to never complain and keeps their feelings to themselves the majority of the time, they might have concealed depression.
Because people with depression lose interest in many activities, they tend to isolate themselves from others. A good indicator of depression is turning down social activities the majority of the time, and spending most of the time alone in his/her own room away from others.