Recognizing depression in your loved ones or even in yourself can be a turning point for those struggling who need help. Sometimes depression isn’t obvious. You might imagine someone with depression laying in bed, unable to move or get up to go to work or eat. They might struggle to take care of themselves on the most basic level. Severe depression can certainly look that way. But it can also appear in a lot of subtler ways.
Some people who struggle with depression conceal or mask their depression and it can be hard to pick up on the warning signs unless you know what to look for. Here are 5 signs that someone is struggling with depression – and is good at masking it.
1. They display deep empathy.
People who mask their depression often express their hurt through the hurt of others. They express and display deep empathy.
If you’re feeling broken and empty, they’ll be by your side emphasizing and listening. If a tragedy occurs to someone else, they might take on that tragedy as their own and feel the pain as if it were happening to them.
They may try and mask their own feelings and emotions, but they allow themselves to live these things through others while pretending their own lives are absolutely fine.