7 Important Signs of Hidden Depression
Depression, as stated by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, think and act. Some of the important symptoms of depression are as:
- Feeling sad, hopelessness and helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Feeling angry and restless (especially for men)
- Difficulty in thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Changes in appetite
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Thoughts of death or suicide
It is important to note that the signs of depression aren’t always obvious and it may live within us in many ways which we may or may not be aware of it.
Many people go through life trying to hide their depression. However, inside they suffer a lot and live in darkness. Sometimes we smile and feel as if we are happy, but we are really sad and depressed inside. People with hidden depression often do not want to acknowledge the severity of their feelings of depression.
They may believe that if they just go on living, depression will disappear alone. It is important to remember that sadness, helplessness, and despair are some of the most important symptoms of depression – not the reality of your condition. Untreated depression can become a serious health condition.
To overcome depression one can use medication or psychotherapy. Some self-help remedies can be used and are helpful especially if the depression isn’t severing.
Hidden depression occurs when we try to quiet a high volume of negative thoughts and feelings. In other words, this is to silence and distance yourself from the heavy psychological traffic that it seems not easy to settle.
7 Hidden Sighs of Depression
Such changes indicate they are struggling with your inner world and trying to come out from such a position. For example, exercising more frequently, or listening to music more often or doing work or some hobbies more than usual. Sometimes we hide under too many unnecessary tasks.
Some disorders of the sleep patterns are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, social and emotional functioning. Disruptions in sleep can be caused by a variety of issues and are one of the most frequent symptoms of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD).
People with depression may find them sleeping and eating too much or too little. They may feel lethargic and low energy. These people may become obese or lean, which is due to their depression.
topics that might include the meaning of life, finding happiness or a better path in the journey of life or even speaking about thoughts of death or even hurt themselves.
3. Rumination is another important sign of hidden depression.
The people with hidden depression tend to ruminate about their uncertainties in life. They usually feel directionless, lost, and worried. Sometimes their ruminating style is associated with repetitive thinking about past events, their meaning, and their consequences. The person may constantly have an inner conflict or repeatedly tell himself why he did or didn’t do something.
These people usually think too much to decide with difficulties and act less. It is difficult for them to make different and especially important decisions.
Procrastination or the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline and do marginal and unimportant things which is usually one of the characteristics of such people. They may have a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences for them.
4. Losing your patience.
Early irritability and tenderness, as well as aggression, are other symptoms of hidden depression. Depression doesn’t always have to look like sadness or dejection. Instead, you may find your self disturb and impatient with anyone. People with hidden depression find it difficult to get along with others and often disagree with them.
A person with a hidden depression often feels emotions more intensely than others. This may happen when someone who does not normally cry while watching a television program or movie suddenly tears up during an anxious scene. Or someone who doesn’t get angry easily suddenly becomes very angry at the driver who stops him/ her in traffic.
Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as the realism of depression, and there is research evidence to suggest this is true. When a person suffers from depression, he may have a more realistic picture of the world around them and their impact on it. On the other hand, people who are not depressed tend to be more optimistic and have expectations that are not based on their actual circumstances. Non-depressed people believed that they performed better in lab work than they did in depression (Moore & Fresco, 2012).
Some depression doesn’t even look like depression, depending upon a person’s emotional regulation abilities and whether they tend to ruminate more than most people. Increased anger and irritability can be an important sign of hidden depression, especially when one has other symptoms.
- Saed Ahmadi (Ph.D.)- Clinical Psychology
- Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist (OAMHP, RP(Q), APA- Yoga Therapist, RYT, CYA(Gold)