Depression often goes unrecognised, undiagnosed and unseen by many.
Some people suffering from depression choose to conceal their condition, and deal with their inner demons in a way that doesn’t make them clearly visible.
Depression does not have a ‘look’. It is not worn on our bodies like a scar.
No one should feel the need to bottle up their thoughts and emotions, put on a fake smile and be left to deal with their inner demons on their own.
If you have concerns about a friend or a loved one, it’s important to offer compassionate, non-judgemental support.
Here’s some things to look for if you’re concerned about someone close to you;
• Appearance of seeming happy. Going out of their way to show they are happy.
• Having hobbies that allow them to escape their demons. Whilst there is nothing wrong with having a hobby, some people with concealed depression tend to obsess and these hobbies are done more frequently than most people.
• They have trouble being on their own
• They may be experiencing abnormal sleeping or eating habits.
• Searching for a meaningful purpose in life.
• They may let out subtle cries for help, by sometimes slipping up, or letting out hints or clues on troubles in their lives.
• Constantly seeking love and acceptance.