Signs OF Hidden Depression- PS: It’s Okay!

Last Update on August 25, 2021 : Published on June 8, 2021
Hidden Signs of Depression

Ever thought about why do people hide depression? Simple, because it’s a part of stigma! If partners, family members, or society were ready to talk about it with full acceptance and knowledge…why would they hide depression? I know people are actually coming up and standing for mental health.

However, sadly there are still some parts of the world that believe depression is nothing just an excuse to drop out from college and quit working. So, this blog is for those who are fighting depression every day without anyone knowing.

If you think you or your loved one might be having depression, this blog will help you to recognize or identify the hidden signs of hidden depression. So, that you can get the right help!

Meanwhile, if you’re new to this term, let me introduce some basic and visible signs of depression:

  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal tendency
  • Uncontrollable emotions
  • Less or more sleep
  • Lack of attention

If the person has few or all of the above symptoms, you can look for these hidden signs of depression to help them in the right way.

Hidden Signs of Depression

1. Change in Weight and Appetite

Eating too little or eating too much shows the presence of mental health issues. Mostly, it is a sign of depression but it can also be related to any other mental health issue.

If you can see dramatic changes in weight, it also shows you a warning sign of depression and it is also related to self-esteem. Therefore, before questioning someone or yourself, please take the help of a professional.

2. Deprived Quality of Sleep

There is a robust connection between depression and sleep. Sleeping too much or sleeping too little is also a warning sign of depression. If sleep quality is deprived, it can also be related to insomnia or any other sleeping disorder, therefore, proper mental health check-up is required in such cases.

If the person is sleeping all day, it means he/she is trying to avoid something at work or home which can help you to identify the cause of depression.

3. Drug or Alcohol Use

Alcohol or drugs never benefited anyone; such uses can show side-effects in our body and mind. Therefore, if you feel like you or your loved one are addicted to drug or alcohol use, it might be related to something.

It can also be related to mood disorders or anxiety. Therefore, before identifying the causes take the help of a professional ASAP in such cases.

4. Forced Happiness or Always Smiling

Yes, smiling depression is a thing. Smiling or forced happiness is due to people try to hide their symptoms of depression due to stigma or any other reason.

[ If you wish to read more about smiling depression, please refer to the below article: What is Smiling Depression? ]

5. Fatigue

Feeling tired is a common sign of depression but some people may try to hide it due to several unknown reasons. However, the report suggests that 90% of people that experience depression have fatigue. To overcome the fatigue and to feel motivated, you can try these:

6. Less Positive, Always Sees Negative

The most common thing you can find in depressive people is that they are always negative. They are so hopeless that they start seeing negatives in every situation. This is based on a theory named “depressive realism” which means that they are more accurate in their views. Moreover, people with depression have a more pessimistic type of personality.

7. Physical Health Issues

Physical health issues are visible, however physical health issues due to depression is the most ignored reality in today’s world. The fact is depression does not disrupt mental health but also impacts physical health. For example backache, digestion, headache, and chronic body pain are the most common health issues observed in depressive people. Moreover, depression is also related to arthritis, cancer, autoimmune conditions, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

8. Low Sex Drive

One of the most common traits of hidden depression is low sex drive. low sex drive is the key indicator of a major type of depression. This might happen due to low self-esteem, fatigue, and low energy levels.

These were some of the common and most hidden signs of depression. If you or your loved one are going through something like this then please do not ignore it and get proper help before it converts into something worse. If you’re looking for help online, consider getting counseled from BetterHelp as it is the largest online platform for mental health.

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About The Author

Aayushi Kapoor
Aayushi Kapoor

Aayushi is a Content Creator at Calm Sage. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Her constant interest in the improvement of mental health, nutrition, and overall wellness embarked upon her career as a “full-time educational writer.” She likes to make an asynchronous connection with her readers. Her mantra for living life is "What you seek is seeking you".

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