Habits of People With Concealed Depression

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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.




 

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.




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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.