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  • Have you ever heard the term, smiling depression?

  • High-functioning depression or hidden depression?

  • As these names may imply, this is when a clinically depressed person tries to keep their depression a secret from others.

  • They often appear cheerful, successful, and seemingly put together...leading you to the belief that their lives are perfectly happy, fine, and without mental illness.

  • Is there someone you think might be secretly depressed?

  • Look out for these 8 telltale signs that they might have hidden depression.

  • 1. They feel emotions on a much deeper level.

  • Does your friend become emotionally volatile in response to a simple question or comment?

  • Those who are secretly depressed will often feel things more intensely than usual because of how much they bottle up inside.

  • They're more susceptible to crying, getting upset, or even having a full-fledged breakdown because they feel overwhelmed with the depths of all of their emotions.

  • This swings both ways, being more affectionate and loving towards others while also more easily angered and saddened.

  • 2. They're less positive and optimistic.

  • Does your loved one, who used to be so easygoing and light-hearted...become cynical and pessimistic?

  • They might be internally struggling with a lot of dark thoughts they are too afraid to share.

  • They may adopt a more nihilistic point of view, and become less positive and optimistic than you're used to them being.

  • 3. They're obsessed with being the best.

  • Depression, hidden or not, is often a thief that robs us of our ability to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.

  • People with concealed depression will often throw themselves into their work in order to find meaning in their lives and make sense of their suffering.

  • By overworking themselves, they get a sense of reprieve from their depression, and distract themselves from all the negativity that they feel.

  • 4. They have sudden mood swings.

  • Depression isn't always gonna look like sadness.

  • Sometimes depression manifests as anger, irritability, and sudden changes in mood.

  • Depression makes feeling happy and even enjoying things they used to love...incredibly difficult.

  • Their response is a tendency to lash out and become emotionally unhinged.

  • There's just too much rage and desperation for them to suppress.

  • So, like a volcano, they let it erupt and throw tantrums.

  • 5. They've started abusing drugs or alcohol.

  • Occasional recreational drug use and drinking are fairly common.

  • However, the red flag for hidden depression starts to wave when it stops being occasional and becomes regular and then turns into dependence.

  • The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, (or A.D.A.A.), found that approximately one in every five people who are depressed, also had a substance use disorder.

  • 6. They're always out of it lately.

  • Is your usually punctual friend suddenly forgetting your lunch dates?

  • Does your friend zone out more often than usual when you're talking to them?

  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering is one of the symptoms of depression.

  • The depressed person often has a hard time keeping their train of thought, and struggles with finishing tasks affecting their grades or work performance.

  • They have difficulty with decisions and remembering recent events.

  • They may even start to speak and move more sluggishly as a result.

  • 7. They feel bad about asking for help.

  • Does your friend tell you something's wrong, but then waves it away saying it's just silly or unimportant and they'll just deal with it on their own?

  • When someone's trying to conceal their depression from others, they'll often send subtle cries for help that they immediately take back.

  • They apologize for asking for help, even when they're struggling, and never want to burden anyone else with what they're going through.

  • And 8. They always try to look or act happy.

  • Do you know someone who's constantly smiling and cheerful?

  • Usually denying that something is wrong, even when you know, there is.

  • They won't let others see them cry, or be sad so, they make up excuses about why they can't see you much.

  • Usually, when they think no one else is looking the facade will be dropped and you'll see things aren't okay.

  • Those with depression won't always show the symptoms commonly associated with the condition.

  • Does this bring anyone to mind?

  • Because of the negative stigma surrounding mental illness, many patients often feel the need to keep their struggle a secret for fear that they'll be judged shamed or mistreated for their illness.

  • If you know someone who you suspect is secretly depressed, you can do them a solid and show your support by reaching out to them, this may help them move towards getting the professional mental health care they need in order to improve.

  • Paying attention to these signs could make you a lifesaver.

  • If you know someone who may benefit from online counseling, we actually partnered up with better help: an affordable online counseling platform that you could utilize.

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  • Thank you!

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