Depression has become the largest silent killer in society today. Roughly, around 19 million people suffer from it, in America alone.
It is often undetected until the symptoms are very developed, which makes the treatment harder and more complicated.
However, researchers working on the problem have found that by close monitoring of person suffering from depression can lead to early recognition of some symptoms, thus easier treatment as a result.
Teenagers are quite exposed to this threatening condition, which is why extra attention must be paid in similar cases. Their condition is often recognized as concealed depression.
Defining Concealed Depression
Concealed depression comes along with many symptoms, such as sadness, emptiness, and lack of interest. It affects the brain significantly and can change an entire array of positive thoughts, by turning them to dark scenarios.
It is quite difficult to spot concealed depression, since a person might even not seem as unhappy as they actually are. People suffering from concealed depression are often afraid to speak up, because they:
- Are afraid to share dark thoughts with ‘normal’ people, and expose their fears and uncertainties.
- Are afraid they will “burden” others with their problems
- Are scared of being labeled as “depressed” or “mentally ill”
- Are convinced no one will understand or could relate
- Are sure there is no successful treatment for their condition
Society works in a somewhat disturbed manner, which causes various socially odd conditions, including depression.
When your life or thoughts differ from the ‘standard’ way of living, you alienate yourself from that surrounding thinking something is terribly wrong with your personality only.
It is difficult for people suffering from depression to open up and share their experiences or fears, just because they feel that information is simply too much to bear for a ‘normal’ person. And that is where the troubles often begin.
Concealed Depression Frequent Habits
Many signs of depression are usually undetectable. However, there are certain guidelines you can follow to notice if anyone is hiding concealed depression under the surface.
- No more interest in favorite hobbies
Depression tends to alienate a person from his or her favorite activities. The enthusiasm as well as the thrill of an activity can be lost as a sign of concealed depression.
If a person feels comfortable giving up their favorite hobby, such as writing, painting, playing an instrument and other, for a longer period of time, this should ring the alarm at once.
- Appetite oscillations
A sudden change of appetite, whether it is too much or too little, can indicate serious form of concealed depression.
As food is often a comfort or a punishment, depressed people tend to use it as such, driving their eating habit over the edge.
- Disturbed Sleep
Oftentimes, depressed people suffer from various sleep irregularities, such as chronic insomnia or inability to wake up for longer periods of time.
This becomes an emotional habit, intended to hide them from reality. So if sleeping becomes a physical or an emotional obstacle, you need to pay close attention.
- Drug-related problems
Aside from alcohol, drugs and meds of all sorts can become a frequent practice if someone is suffering from concealed depression. Keep your attention on certain meds around your house and how and if they are in some form abused.
- Look for talent and expressiveness
People suffering from depression actually try to find ways to cope with their feelings. As a result they turn to creative ways, such as painting, writing, drawing and music. So, when a hobby goes beyond the limit of ‘standard’, it could indicate a problem.
- Perfectionism and affection
Individuals battling depression can often feel like love is lacking from their lives. They do not understand their feelings, but feel the need of putting everything in place and order, just so they can feel like they managed to balance things.
However, this is far from being the case, so be mindful.
- Abandonment issues
Fearing that someone will leave you because you’re suffering is often related to depressed people. Because of this, depressed people smile more often and keep up their vivid spirits, terrified that otherwise they will expose themselves to others, and there will be no one who understands.
- Fantasy life
Depressive people often have the best cover-up stories. They offer excuses and justifications which may seem logical, but derive from a place of hopelessness.
This usually happens with physical injuries, such as cuts and bruises, so the best thing to do is to get to the bottom of the problem and go from there.
- Unchangeable habits and rituals
People suffering from depression often possess habits they’re not willing to change, whether it is listening to music, exercising or eating at the same time; it is the little practices that hide a big, ugly truth.
For them, these habits give them a sense of balance and order, but in fact, they become captives of their own head.
- They discuss only positive things about themselves
Depressed people are actually quite active on social media, trying to bury all real feelings as deep as possible. They would never complain or make you feel bad, just because they fear they’ll be exposed to some extent.
- Life and death philosophies
Concealed depression usually makes a person go above and beyond in thinking about the very existence of humans and their purpose on this planet. They offer strong opinion on the topic of death or life, to the point they become mind-boggling to some.
- Searching for a purpose (externally)
People suffering from concealed depression oftentimes look for safe havens and places they belong to. They can seem restless in their efforts to get there, and can frequently even compare themselves to others just to feel semi-satisfied.
- They ask for help, indirectly
At some point, depressed people will try to reach out to you. It is the time when they feel powerless or overwhelmed with emotions and negativity that they decide to confess their inner instability.
However, by not noticing or being unwilling to meet them half way, they will shut down quickly; terrified no one will ever be able to help them.
Depressed people are usually the loudest, the smiling ones that no one would ever mark as truly ‘depressed.’ This is, however, their defense mechanism that helps them cope with real life.
Society needs to pay more attention to these individuals and to find a mild way to ‘crack’ them, so suitable help can be offered. Remember, a little goes a long way, and being persistent counts the most.