Habits of People With Concealed Depression

 

7.They may exhibit a very involved perception of life and death.

Not every person with depression has felt suicidal. However, depression often invokes a unique and complex thought process about life in general. Facing one’s mortality often comes at moments of desperation. It happens when you are furiously seeking answers to all of life’s questions. Being dragged in and out of horrible mindsets can cause these kinds of thoughts to be more frequent.

 

8.  They are often uniquely talented and expressive.

Many of the most inspired and life-changing artists, musicians, and leaders of this world were also plagued by mental illness. I use the word “plagued” in a contradicting fashion because having a serious depth of emotions can also lead to profound greatness. People who live with depression that may not be visible to the naked-eye, often express themselves in incredible ways. They are in touch with the good and bad pieces of their souls. They are able to formulate and illustrate beauty through the shadows of the emotions they carry.

 

9.  They are often searching for a purpose.

Everyone wants a purpose in life. We want to know that what we are doing is worthwhile. We want to know that we are moving in the right direction. Those who live with unseen depression want this as well, and in a way that attempts to satisfy something inside of them, that may always be hungry for more. Feelings of inadequacy and fear are no stranger to the depressed mind. People with hidden depression are almost always trying to compensate in their life for the frailties that they have inside. They may change directions often. They may become incredibly involved in the pursuit of true happiness. They are also striving and searching for more.

 

10.  They at some times will release subtle cries for help.

Even a person who knows how to live with the burden of their own mind can need help. Outcries from people you aren’t expecting are easily overlooked. Sometimes it isn’t safe for people to be on their own with their depression; as much as they say differently. Sometimes they will reach out. Sometimes they will open up. These moments are the most crucial because they are especially powerful. They are what builds a bridge between people who have different levels of emotions and mindsets. They are what creates a closeness and trust among friends and lovers that isn’t always easy if some feel they have to camouflage their true selves.

 

11.  They seek love and acceptance, as every person does. 

Shielding the world from one’s personal demons is not done so for the sake of dishonesty. People who live with depression in a private and undisclosed way do so for protection. This is for the protection of their hearts. This is for the protection of the people around them. This is for the protection of the success of their dreams. Some of those reading this may have felt an eerie connection to these habits. Whether you have been treated for depression, or you simply have treated yourself, you know how easy it is to feel alone. I entitled this article about those with unseen depression, but the truth is that most depression goes unseen by our human nature. We live in a world that encourages us to hide what is dark and unpleasant. We don’t have to.

 

The most important habit and motivation of those with unseen depression to understand is that they search for love and acceptance. We all do. The only way to gain it is to spread it. Never turn away from a person who seems to be struggling. Love when it’s difficult. Cry when you need to. Reach out when someone closes the door. Open your heart, even if it feels terrifying to do so. If we keep forcing the bad to go unseen, the good will also go unseen.

 

Written by Lexi Herrick
Source – Huffington Post

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Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Habits of People With Concealed Depression

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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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