Depression can be a silent killer, and people experience it differently: while some people only experience mild depression , others suffer from what is known as hidden depression. Depressed people can express themselves in various ways, and a person who is genuinely sad does not always look obviously unhappy or starts crying all of a sudden. It is perfectly natural for our moods to change over time, but if you have been feeling unhappy for a while, then you may suffer from hidden depression. Here are some of the most obvious signs associated with it:
You Avoid Expressing Your Feelings
If you avoid expressing your feelings and talking about the things that make you sad, then the chances are that you are suffering from concealed depression. However, this sign alone should not be taken for granted when it comes to diagnosing yourself with depression – it is not uncommon for introverts to avoid expressing their own feelings as well. If you are also a perfectionist who is always very task-oriented and who likes to do things all by himself, then this should get you thinking!
You Release Subtle And Unconscious
When it comes to depression, some people are masters at concealing it, mainly because they do not want to worry those who are dear to their heart, or because they do not want to look like a burden in the eyes of others. However, even the strongest person (both from a mental or emotional standpoint) unconsciously releases a “cry for help” every now and then – one that, unfortunately, often goes unnoticed. If you sometimes open up to people randomly or you feel the need to reach out to others and to create “bridges”, then the chances are that your hidden depression is no longer hidden.
You Are Constantly Looking For A Purpose
We are all looking for a purpose and we all want to understand the meaning of life, but if you find yourself in the position where you are never satisfied with what you have and you feel that nothing you do is worthwhile, then you may be suffering from hidden depression. It is not uncommon for depressed people to try and over-compensate for the sadness they feel deep inside by excelling at work or school.
Your Sleeping And Eating Habits Have Changed
This is yet another important sign that you may be suffering from hidden depression, one that you should never ignore. Have you noticed that you started to eat a lot more than you normally would or that, on the contrary, you are barely eating anything all day? Do you find yourself eating chips and other “comfort foods” while sitting on the couch lately?
If so, then you may be suffering from a concealed depression: one that should not be ignored, hoping that it will eventually go away all by itself. Depression is not self-limiting, and it often tends to worsen over time – it can last for years or even decades, and it can truly impact the quality of your life.
On the other hand, your sleeping habits are yet another great indicator of your current state of mind. It is known that depressed people tend to sleep a lot more than those who do not suffer from depression, although sometimes insomnia may also be a good indicator. If you wake up in the middle of the night with various thoughts roaming freely in your head, then you should see a psychologist or a psychotherapist who will help you identify the problem behind that.
You Experience All Sorts Of Random Body Aches And Unexplained Pains
A very common misconception that surrounds depression these days is that this illness only affects the mind, when the truth is that it can easily take its toll on the body of the sufferer as well. Statistically speaking, people who suffer from depression are 300% more likely to develop chronic pain, as opposed to those who do not. Depression is an under diagnosed condition these days, and unfortunately most doctors focus primarily on treating the pain or the ache itself, as opposed to trying to pinpoint the culprit behind it, and to address it in real-time. Chronic inflammation is extremely common among st those with hidden depression – this is basically your body’s immune system response to your state of mind.