Have you come across this word called Smiling Depression ??
Shehnaj Parveen Sarma
If not know What is smiling depression?
Although “smiling depression” isn’t a clinical diagnosis, for many people, it’s a real problem. Typically, smiling depression occurs when individuals who are experiencing depression mask their symptoms. They hide behind a smile to convince other people that they are happy.
Usually, depression is associated with sadness, lethargy, and despair — someone who can’t make it out of bed. Though someone experiencing depression can undoubtedly feel these things, how depression presents itself can vary from person to person.
“Smiling depression” is a term for someone living with depression on the inside while appearing perfectly happy or content on the outside. Their public life is usually one that’s put together maybe even what some would call normal or perfect.
It’s not uncommon for people with smiling depression to work really hard to disguise their symptoms. For this reason, it’s important to look for other less-obvious signs that something is wrong, like changes in their habits, fatigue, and a loss of interest in things they once enjoyed.
Here’s a list of possible signs to look for:
Changes in appetite: While some people overeat when they’re depressed, others lose their appetite.
Weight changes are common with any type of depression.
Changes in sleep:
Some people struggle to get out of bed when they’re depressed because they want to sleep all the time. Others can’t sleep and they may report insomnia or exhibit major changes in their sleep habits, such as staying awake at night and sleeping during the day.
Feelings of hopelessness:
Guilt, worthlessness, and feelings of hopelessness are common.
Loss of interest in activities:
Individuals with smiling depression may not be interested in the activities they usually enjoy.
Despite these signs and symptoms, individuals with smiling depression are still likely to appear high-functioning. They may hold down a steady job and continue to maintain an active social life. They may even appear cheerful and optimistic. For this reason, it’s important to talk about mental health issues in an open way. Doing so may give them the courage to open up about their feelings.
Shehnaj Parveen Sarma
- Life coach
- NLP Practitioner
- Mindset coach
- Boundary coach