There can be a multitude of reasons why people battling depression may wish to keep it hidden, most prominently:
- Fear of ridicule or stigmatization
- Fear of sharing their innermost thoughts and feelings/trust
- Feeling that no one else can understand (or wants to try)
- Thinking they are beyond help.
Depression is a mental state in which someone feels unmotivated, irritable, sad, disinterested, discouraged, and/or hopeless for an extended period, to the point that these feelings interfere with routine daily function.
Some may have thoughts of suicide. If we know what to look for, we may be able to see behind the façade to help someone in need.
2Change 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.