5. They may understand substances differently.
Someone who is dealing with depression withdraws from people and refrain from seeking help, which leaves them with no option but to use self-help methods, which can be harmful.
They understand that caffeine, sugar can lift their mood and help to cope up with inner struggles. They interpret that alcohol and medication can ease their pain. Also, they are aware which medications don’t work and that substance use only gives them temporary relief. But, they have no choice, because they have to try harder to feel better, unlike most people.
6. They may have habitual remedies.
People with concealed depression use a range of alternative methods to conquer their inner demons and ease their mind. Besides therapy and medication, they try music, books, long drives, hiking, exercises and anything that can help them get away with sinking set of emotions. The habitual remedies may vary from person to person.
7. They may exhibit a very involved perception of life and death.
Depression doesn’t affect all the people equally, because genetic disposition, family relationships, work life, social life are the factors that determine how they think and act in the moments of despair. So, not every person with depression may have suicidal thoughts.
Their perspective of life and beyond is unique and complex. People with concealed depression are fighting their battle all alone, trying to make peace with unresolved issues and find answers to life’s deepest questions. They keep shifting from one horrible mindset to another and in this process, they develop involved perception of life and death.
8. They are often very talented and expressive.
There are many famous people who inspired others and left a lasting impression on the world despite having depression – Katy Perry, Michael Phelps, Kristen Bell, J.K. Rowling to name a few.
This mental illness can plague anyone irrespective of gender, age, caste, colour, creed, and social status. Depression can’t stop you from living the life you want and achieve profound greatness. You can express your deepest emotions, heart-wrenching experiences in various incredible ways..You can always create something beautiful with the darkness that engulfed you.
9. They search for purpose.
Having a purpose in life is crucial because it determines your plans, actions and decisions. Knowing that you are moving in the right direction will help you stay motivated and grounded.
People with concealed depression also tend to search for purpose in life, without which a feeling of dissatisfaction and negative thoughts may creep in. Having a purpose can shield their mind against feelings of worthlessness, emptiness and unhappiness.Thus, they keep looking for more ways to feel fulfilled.
10. They seek help too.
Depression is invisible to most people, so even when some dealing with this mental illness cry for help, they are overlooked. But, the truth is a depressed individual needs help even if most of the time they are tackling internal conflicts independently. Putting up that fake smile is not always safe and by revealing their true self, they can foster deep connections with their friends and folks, who have different levels of emotions and mindsets.
11. They struggle to quiet their mind
Rumination is one of the common habits of people with concealed depression, which includes obsessive and repeated thoughts related to negative events in life. Constantly, over analyzing all the good and bad things in life leaves them drained. Also, they always think of worst-case scenarios, which makes them solve problems easily
12. They absorb emotions of other people
People with hidden depression are like sponges, they tend to absorb other people’s emotions and energy. They hurt when other people are hurt and suffering, which can add to their emotional pain and stress.
13. They seek love and acceptance, as every person does.
People with hidden depression feel vulnerable and tend to protect themselves by staying aloof. They aren’t dishonest, but they don’t want to burden others or bring others down due to their low emotional state. It is easier to feel alone than express your dark feelings and unpleasant emotions that may or may not be understood. Most people with depression go unnoticed, but they do want to be cared, loved and accepted just like everyone else.
If you are a person with concealed depression reading this blog and could relate to the above habits, then try to open up and release pent up emotions even if it is hard to do so. Don’t treat yourself as a burden, those who love you will always stand as pillars for you. And if you know someone in your circle demonstrating these habits then reach out to them. Spread some love and positivity and don’t judge others merely listening to some dark, unpleasant aspects of their life. Seek help and help others too!