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It is estimated that 1 in every 10 Americans will struggle with depression in their life. Even worse of those individuals 80% will never receive any treatment for their depression as they have no idea they are struggling. It’s a terrifying statistic especially as women are twice as likely as men to have depression.
Those with depression have a tough fight without ever knowing it. They will struggle to do even basic tasks and do not enjoy life like someone that doesn’t have depression would.
A person struggling with depression may attempt to mask their depression through habit, making it harder for most people to ever know something is wrong.
Below is a list of 8 habits that people with concealed depression would have.
Please note: Only a medical professional can diagnose you with depression. You should never diagnose yourself when dealing with mental health. Always seek out a registered psychiatrist to make sure you’re getting the correct treatment.
Drastic changes in eating
A common symptom of depression is a big change in a person’s appetite. If a person that used to eat a lot suddenly never seems to eat or if a person begins to binge eat a lot, it could suggest something is very wrong with them.
Sudden unexplained changes in sleeping habits
This symptom isn’t true of all people with depression, however it’s very common. A person may sleep far too much or far too little and look constantly exhausted. Again, not an exact link to depression, however it is a red flag to consider.
Easily irritated, angry or upset
A person that is fighting with depression can be easily angered or become upset at small things. Much like when we’re stressed, depressed people have a much shorter fuse. They can often be fighting a battle in their head that they’re completely unaware of. Don’t take offense if possible as many depressed people are not aware of it at all.
A decline in productivity
Another very common symptom of depression is a diminished ability to clearly think or even concentrate on tasks. Whether the tasks be simple or complex, big or small they can seem impossible to a depressed person, especially if they are lacking motivation. Even if they do manage to do the work, their work may contain a lot of mistakes that they have never made before.
A lack of social interaction
Depressed people will still often go to school or work because they have no other choice, but beyond that, social interaction is completely optional. A depressed person may flake on commitments all the time and actively avoid going out. Of course, there are many reasons for this, but if the behavior seems very unusual for a person it may be something to consider.
Hard time responding to emotions
Many depressed people consider themselves ‘numb’ when the depression is at its worst. Many of us think of depression as feeling sad, but it actually tends to be more that a person simply cannot feel anything positive, like laughter, cheer or joy. Even things that they once loved can feel hollow and empty. If a person you know that was once always cheerful has suddenly become very detached, this may be why.
Unreasonably hard on themselves
None of us are perfect and many of us like to joke about our little flaws from time to time. That’s completely normal behavior, however depressed people will often only ever focus on the negative aspects of themselves. Whenever this person makes even a very minor, small mistake they will often be overly harsh on themselves for it. If a person always seems to be putting themselves down, it may mean that there is something under the surface that is bothering them.
A dark, grim view of the world
Perhaps what most of us associate with depressed people, is the symptom where they only see the world in a very dark and grim way. They only see themselves failing and the world as doomed. Rather than see something as an opportunity they see it much darker and more grim. This is usually one of the more obvious ways of telling if someone is depressed but it’s still worth noting.
That’s the list of 8 common habits that people with concealed depression are likely to have. Again, this list should never be used in place of an actual diagnosis from a trained psychiatrist. Please always consult a trained professional when dealing with matters such as these. However we hope that the list will help inform others of symptoms to watch out for when they see a friend of family member who seems to be struggling.