Hidden Depression, also described as "smiling depression" or "concealed depression," signifies that people work hard to hide their emotional pain and show them that they're OK.
Others hide their symptoms because they don't want their loved ones to worry. Others may feel too ashamed to ask for help or struggle for fear of being not good enough.
How to help someone with hidden depression?
If you suspect your loved one has hidden depression, you can help by providing love, support, reassurance, acceptance, encouragement, and a safe place to talk about it. Share your observations to empathise with and understand. Sometimes the best thing you can do is listen and let them know you're there for them.
Remember, depression can make small tasks feel impossible, so a bit of help can go a long way. And by getting familiar with the typical symptoms of the hidden signs of depression, you'll be able to support your loved ones and help and support them seek additional resources.