Tuesday, July 11, 2017

11 Habits Of People With Concealed Depression

If you’re reading this post, you’re either trying to better understand someone you love, or you relate directly to these habits. Depression is something that often remains unnoticed for years. Someone with concealed depression is a person fighting his inner demons without you even knowing. They might be diagnosed or undiagnosed, sharing their struggles or keeping them hidden. The problem arises when we stop trying to understand each other. We think everyone carries their heart on their sleeve, but wounds are not something a person openly reveals to people not willing to take a closer look.

They constantly make efforts to appear fine, and maybe even seem exponentially happy and upbeat.

The notion that people suffering from depression all possess a negative personality is false. Depression is not just a mood, it’s a mental imbalance. People often learn to feign moods, so as to appear happy and normal. But personalities are all different, and those with depression often try hard to emanate positivity, regardless of what they’re suffering on the inside. The feeling that they’re bringing others down, makes matters even worse, so depressed people often simply hide their true feelings.

They may have habitual remedies.

Depression is treated in various ways, including therapy and medication. But, in addition to this, there are certain lifestyle changes and habits that people with depression learn to ease their everyday state-of-mind. Things like exercising, listening to music, walking, driving, anything that can distract them from being concentrated on their emotions. Hidden depression has a lot to do with the things people do to personally overcome their demons.

They may have trouble with abandonment.

If you’ve gone through it, you know the struggle, and you also know what a burden it is for the people around you. Sometimes when you let someone get close enough to sense your struggle, they walk away. It’s not exactly right to blame them, but it induces a feeling of abandonment. It causes people with depression to be more and more secretive about their feelings, for fear of being abandoned by other loved ones. It’s very painful to realize that your darkest side is too ugly for others to be accepted.

They can be pros at “cover-up” stories.

The stories are elaborate, from excuses about the cuts on their arms, to reasons for skipping appointments. People going through different forms of depression, experience different hardships, and it disturbs the normalcy of everyday life. In these moments of low esteem, they’re very good at changing the subject and turning attention away from their displays of pain. They’re also often unwilling to admit they’re hitting rock bottom, so they know how to hide it all.

They may have abnormal sleeping and eating habits.

It may seem insignificant, but the consequences are dire. People living with depression often display only little signs. Sleeping too much or too little is the most commonly known symptom of depression. It’s the same with food, and food and sleep are essential for your body’s health. They’re also thing that your mind controls. Depression causes you to be in a state of helplessness, and experiencing a bit of control is sometimes all a person can do. Sleep may be impossible, or it may be the only escape. The same goes for food.

They may interpret substances differently.

A person battling depression, probably knows exactly what they’re taking to ease their pain. Alcohol is a depressant, and prolonged periods of drinking can cause such a low mental state, that it makes them unable to handle normal situations. They know caffeine and sugar raise the mood, and so does medicine, and they also know what doesn’t mix well. And they know all this because they try to alter their state of mind purposefully, and it requires a much greater effort than it does for other people.

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[ed. I don't usually post listicles, but as someone who has suffered from long periods of depression I can confirm the accuracy of these observations.]