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7 Struggles Only People With Concealed Depression Can Understand

7 Struggles Only People With Concealed Depression Can Understand

It is a hard thing to hide depression. Why would someone do this? Well, for a number of reasons: to make themselves seem normal and strong as opposed to weak and fragile. People that conceal their depression deal with many struggles that many of us can’t understand. Let us look at the struggles these individuals have to go through. My heart goes to each and every one of them.

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    1. They make efforts to appear normal.

    It is fairly normal for people who conceal their depression to appear as happy as everyone else that is around them. I personally feel this to be the hardest and most difficult of the struggles that are listed. When you feel down in the dumps, and you have to show or represent yourself as being “happy,” it takes a lot away from you.

    This is a truly sad situation. Having been through all this myself, I can assure you — it isn’t easy at all.

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    2. Being alone is terrifying.

    People with hidden depression know that they like to be alone sometimes. But at other times, it is useful to be with someone. When the depressed become alienated, it is also extremely nerve-wracking because it is so difficult to adjust from being alone to being with someone (and vice versa).

    It is complicated, but I have gone through it and I know that this truly does happen.

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      3. They have the worst types of eating/sleeping habits.

      People who conceal depression are either sleeping way too much or sleeping too little. It is a nuisance that they have to deal with. Sometimes, they don’t get any sleep at all. It is a whole roller coaster ride having to deal with the depths of depression.

      When I went through depression, I sometimes found it very difficult to get sleep and other days I would just sleep the entire day.

      4. They know about life and death very well and closely.

      People who hide their depression know that they go through death each single day. They deal with it on a daily basis and so they have a nice view of what life is all about. They know that things should never be taken for granted.

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        5. They look for a purpose in life.

        People who conceal their depression yet again look for a purpose to life. They search for something that fuels their passion to an extent. Searching for their calling is something that comes naturally to them. They love to look at the depth in life…and everything in it.

        6. They also try to discover love in small ways.

        Just because someone tries to hide their depression doesn’t mean that they aren’t looking for love. As a matter of fact, because they aren’t feeling up to the mark, they find love in small places and small ways. They may feel away from love so they try to grasp it when possible. So, if you love someone who tries to hide their depression, know that they may be some of the most beautiful and strongest people out there.

        7. They have outbursts of crying at times when things get too much.

        When they can’t handle the pressure, these people like to cry it out. Many times it is hard to understand why they are feeling a certain way, so the best thing to do is just let it all out. Know that it is all right if they do so. In the end, crying helps  them feel better. It helps achieve a state of accepting their emotions on a human level, and that is okay to not try and be perfect all the time.

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          20 Things People Regret the Most Before They Die

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          Close your eyes and imagine that you’re at your own funeral—a bit morbid I know, but there’s a reason for it. Now think about what you’d like people to say about you. What kind of a life do you want to lead? People die with all kinds of regrets. Don’t be one of them.

          1. I wish I’d cared less about what other people think.

          It’s only when you realise how little other people are really thinking of you (in a negative sense) that you realise how much time you spent caring and wasting energy worrying about this.

          2. I wish I had accomplished more.

          You don’t have to have won an Oscar, built up a business or run a marathon, but having small personal accomplishments is important.

          3. I wish I had told __ how I truly felt.

          Even if the “one” doesn’t exist, telling someone how you truly feel will always save you from that gut wrenching”but what if…” feeling that could linger for life if you stay quiet.

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          4. I wish I had stood up for myself more.

          Sometimes, it’s too easy to think that if you go all out to please everyone you’ll be liked more or your partner won’t run off with anyone else. I think age probably teaches us to be nice but not at the expense of our own happiness.

          5. I wish I had followed my passion in life.

          It’s so easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?

          6. I wish our last conversation hadn’t been an argument.

          Life is short, and you never really know when the last time you speak to someone you love will be. It’s these moments that really stay clear in peoples’ minds.

          7. I wish I had let my children grow up to be who they wanted to be.

          The realisation that love, compassion and empathy are so much more important than clashes in values or belief systems can hit home hard.

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          8. I wish I had lived more in the moment.

          Watching children grow up makes you realise how short-lived and precious time really is, and as we age, many of us live less and less in the present.

          9. I wish I had worked less.

          There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realisation that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.

          10. I wish I had traveled more.

          It can be done at any age, with kids or not but many talk themselves out of it for all kinds of reasons such as lack of money, mortgage, children, etc. When there’s a regret, you know it could have been possible at some stage.

          11. I wish I had trusted my gut rather than listening to everyone else.

          Making your own decisions and feeling confident in the decisions you make gives us fulfilment and joy from life. Going against your gut only breeds resentment and bitterness.

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          12. I wish I’d taken better care of myself.

          Premature health problems or ageing always makes you wonder if you’d eaten healthier, exercised more and been less stressed, would you be where you are today?

          13. I wish I’d taken more risks.

          Everyone has their own idea of what’s risky, but you know when you’re living too much in your comfort zone. In hindsight, some people feel they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer.

          14. I wish I’d had more time.

          Many people say time speeds up as we age. The six weeks of summer holidays we had as kids certainly seemed to last a lifetime. If time speeds up, then it’s even more important to make the most of every moment.

          15. I wish I hadn’t worried so much.

          If you’ve ever kept a diary and looked back, you’ll probably wonder why you ever got so worked up over X.

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          16. I wish I’d appreciated ___ more.

          The consequences of taking people for granted are always hard to deal with.

          17. I wish I’d spent more time with my family.

          Some people get caught up with work, move to other parts of the world, grow old with grudges against family members only to realise their priorities were in the wrong place.

          18. I wish I hadn’t taken myself so seriously.

          Life is just more fun when you can laugh at yourself.

          19. I wish I’d done more for other people.

          Doing things for others just makes life more meaningful.

          20. I wish I could have felt happier.

          The realisation that happiness is a state of mind that you can control sometimes doesn’t occur to people until it’s too late.

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