Habits of People With Concealed Depression

 

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There will be two main types of people reading this blog: those finding themselves better equipped to understand some of the people they love and those who see their own reflections in these habits.

Depression often goes unseen, unrecognized, and undiagnosed. A person with concealed depression is someone who is conditioned to deal with their inner demons in a way that doesn’t make them clearly visible. They may or may not be diagnosed, and this may or may not be something they’ve shared with even their closest of companions. The problem is that the world becomes darkest when we all stop being able to understand each other. We tend to believe that hardship is worn openly upon one’s chest like a battle scar, but many of these wounds do not easily reveal themselves to those that do not take the time to look.

 

1.  They may intentionally make efforts to appear OK and maybe even seem exponentially happy and upbeat.

The idea that those with depression all have one similarly dreary personality is false. Depression is more than just a mood. Those who live with depression have learned to alter their apparent moods, and may even be some of the most seemingly “happy” people that you know. Personalities can vary. Often those with depression try to stick with the positive and public parts of their demeanor regardless of what they’re going through on the inside. No one wants to bring others down, even if that means hiding how he or she is truly feeling.

 

2.  They may have habitual remedies.

There are serious ways to treat depression, including therapy and medication. However, in addition to these remedies, there are lifestyle habits that those with depression use to treat their everyday state-of-mind. This can be in the form of music, exercise, driving, walks, or basically, anything they know can get themselves out of a sinking set of emotions. Concealed depression has a lot to do with the ways people try to personally conquer their own demons.

 

3.  They may have trouble with abandonment. 

Anyone who has experienced depression understands the burden it can be. It can also be a burden for those closest to them. Sometimes when you let someone in enough to see the struggles you have, they walk the other way. Though it’s hard to blame these people for leaving, it creates a serious feeling of abandonment for those with depression. It forges a need for secrecy, out of fear of the recession of those they love. There is nothing more heartbreaking than finding out your ugliest layer of self is too ugly for someone you love to handle.

 

 

 

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

This can be for anything from the cuts on their arms to the reason they skipped dinner. People who live with different forms of depression experience various hardships that can at times impede the normalcy of their daily lives. In these low instances, they know what to say to avoid attention from others to those displays of pain. Often they don’t want to recognize that they are hitting a low point either, so they know how to hide it.

 

5.  They may have abnormal sleeping and eating habits.

This may seem like a small sign or factor, but it has a grave effect. Those who live with depression in an unrevealing way can sometimes only let the little signs show. Sleeping too much or too little are textbook examples. The same goes goes for eating too little or too much. Sleep and nutrition are two critical elements to health. They are also two elements that the human mind can attempt to control. Depression creates a suffocating lack of control, and being able to control at least something, can be all a person has. Sleep can be nearly impossible, or it can be the only escape. The same goes for eating.

 

6.  They may understand substances differently.

A person who handles their depression also knows how to monitor what they put into their body. They know alcohol is a depressant, and drinking it over an extended period of time can create a mental state of low that they are less equipped to handle than the average person. They know that caffeine and sugar are uppers for their moods. They know what medications do what. They know what doesn’t mix well. They know all of this because altering their state of mind in any way is much more of a responsibility than it may be for other people.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. I have seen myself in this article. There are times I can manage it, but there are times I breakdown. It’s not easy opening up to people, especially people you care about because you don’t want to be a burden, but when I think of my family, I have to drag myself, kicking and scratching internally, to move.

    But I wanted just to say thank you for writing this article.

  2. My story is almost similar to you but I am in not that phase of life where you are. This is the only difference. If you don’t mind we can talk to each other and share our feelings. Because I need someone stranger to talk to. It would help me.
    @Chaitanya4vedi is my Instagram. We can have DMs

  3. I was treated for depression and anxiety right after my baby girl was born. I spent 3 years taking medication, gained a lot of weight (I was skinny all my life until then), and almost every day I woke up just to think “why the hell I opened up my eyes? Why can´t I go back to sleep and luckily I won´t wake up anymore?” The fact that I was responsible for my kids and that nobody else could give them the love and care they needed from me, gave me the strength to get out of bed everyday and try to regain control of my life. My husband wasn´t very helpful, he didn´t want to accept my condition. Somehow I managed to function as a “normal” person, I know depression is always there, but now I have tools to confront it and win the fight. But yes, it isn´t easy to let other people get too closer, they could see who yo really are.

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