Have you ever heard of the term “smiling depression”, “high-functioning depression” or “hidden depression”?
As these names imply, this is when a clinically depressed person tries to keep the depression a secret from others.
They often appear cheerful, successful, and seemingly put-together – leading you to the belief their lives are perfectly happy, fine and without mental illness.
One way to determine whether someone has depression is to look at how long someone has had symptoms.
Generally, symptoms that don’t go away within 2 weeks should probably be discussed with a trusted healthcare professional.
It’s important to watch for any changes in behavior. When people have depression, they may begin to act differently than they used to act, even if they’re not acting sad or listless.
One or two changes on their own don’t necessarily signal that someone is hiding depression, but several that occur around the same time may be cause for concern.
This is not professional advice, please seek out a professional if you need help.
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