13. Small, Subtle Cries for Help
The depressed person isn’t enjoying it. The feelings may be familiar but they are not comfortable. Even if they try to hide it, if you look closely, depressed people will put out little hints that they need help.
Concealing depression is a way for some people to avoid feeling they are a burden to their loved ones. It can also be tied to a fear that they’ll be negatively labeled.
People battling depression may not reach out but need their loved ones to take the first step. Talking about your own life experiences, including failures and difficulties, can help others openly talk about theirs.
Trust is critical because it’s fear that keeps the depression hidden. Social isolation breeds depression and depression can lead to isolationism. It’s becoming epidemic in the Western world. (13)
The reasons why there is such an epidemic of MDD is an issue not properly faced by the medical community and society as a whole.
Poor diet; sedentary lifestyle; chemicals all around us; loss of social interaction; and the unstable, violent state of the world all lend themselves to negative feelings, both physical and emotional. (15, 16)
If you are struggling with depression, seek help—you are not alone. Family and friends can help. Someone objective may feel more comfortable to talk to, like a mental health professional, community helpline, or member of the clergy.
If you suspect someone you know is trying to hide her/his depression, reach out because s/he may not be able to. Find out more about depression by checking out the infographic below.