There are people who live life with a ” masked ” or ” hidden ” depression . It is possible that someone in your family, an acquaintance or even yourself is one of them.
They are people who try to hide their depression from others or do not want to know or acknowledge that they have depression ; they try to be optimistic, listen to music, go for a walk, exercise, … Shame and / or fear of losing friends or even work leads them to hide their feelings. For this reason, it is important to be attentive to certain signs that people with hidden depression have , in order to help them overcome it.
SIGNS IN PEOPLE WITH “HIDDEN DEPRESSION”
- Lack of happiness or interest: When a depression is hidden, discouragement about things that previously generated passion can give it away. Disinterest in previously pleasant activities is a frequent indicator of depression.
- Tidy, but sad: People with depression often neglect their appearance, look sad, and withdraw. People with hidden depression can be very well-groomed to hide or convince themselves that they do not have depression, but sadness gives them away.
- Permanent tiredness: A clear symptom can be permanent tiredness with no definite cause. People with hidden depression usually attribute it to weakness, laziness or accumulation of work, but behind this apparent weakness there may be a strong depressive picture.
- Sleep problems: Lack of sleep, restlessness when sleeping, insomnia or excessive sleep is an indication that something is wrong.
- Alteration of eating habits: motivated by neglect with one’s own life or by the attempt to deal with the disease, excesses with food may appear in order to try to feel some pleasure. The opposite can also happen, that there is a loss of appetite.
WHAT TO DO IF I IDENTIFY THESE SYMPTOMS IN MYSELF OR SOMEONE I KNOW?
Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.