2. Change of Eating Habits
Some people overeat when they’re under a great amount of stress while the opposite is true for others. A noticeable change in eating habits is an obvious sign that something is wrong. Further, someone who used to enjoy a social meal with others and now prefers to eat alone is showing signs of isolation—a red flag for depression. (4)
3. Abnormal Sleeping Habits
Like eating habits, sudden and persistent change in sleep habits can be a sign of depression. Whether it’s an escape of excessive sleeping at one extreme or the inability to sleep at the other, sleep is an activity that a depressed person can control when s/he may feel out of control. (5)
4. Knowledge of Mind-Altering Substances
Someone who is trying to hide something is acutely aware of anything taken into the body that can cause loss of control. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, recreational and pharmaceutical drugs and their interactions can all affect mood and behavior, causing ups and downs. The depressed person knows this and will be very careful with these and similar substances.
5. Being Affable and Expressive
While some people become quiet and withdrawn if depressed, some who hides it can be especially outgoing and boisterous. They may express themselves outwardly through music, writing, comedy, and other forms of art. Self-deprecating humor is often a sign of depression. (6) Depressed people understand more fully the dark and light sides of their inner selves and let out only what they want others to see.
6. Being a Perfectionist Who Seeks Love and Attention
Fear of being discovered or losing love and respect can lead people hiding depression to become almost obsessed with appearing perfect.
They know very well their own talents and faults but want others only to see successes while hiding failings. They may fear that if others see their imperfections, the care they so need will be withheld or withdrawn.
7. Having Abandonment Issues
“People who conceal their depression often take extra care to appear all right or even over-the-top upbeat. They stick to the positive parts of their public persona and hide what’s going on inside.
This secrecy can be caused in part by extreme fears of abandonment. People experiencing depression may be afraid of rejection if they confess their true feelings. This can lead to ‘cover-ups’ so that friends will not notice signs of pain.” (7)