Hidden Depression: Signs taken for Granted


Depression is not always characterized by vegetation, sullen mood, and lack of interest. To be sure, these are common and popular characteristics of the disorder. Various other symptoms of depression go unnoticed every day, mistaken for simple ‘bad moods’ or ‘bad days’. Though depression is the leading global cause of mental illness, it is still preceded with shame and stigma. The movement to liberate mental illness into universal love and acceptance is strong, but not fully actualized quite yet. In many cultures around the world, having something called a ‘mental illness’ is seen as a deficiency. Without care and compassion, not only are depressed people shunned, but they go without the structures of care they need to heal. Recognizing the undertones of depression can be an opportunity to approach a fellow being with empathy.

Witnessing anger, expressive rage, or general lashing out might raise concern for something like anger management to help. Externalizing depression is a common mechanism for coping with it. In fact, acting out might be an indication that a more clinically severe form of depression is at hand, writes Huffington Post contributing Author Alice G. Walton. Hopelessness and helplessness get frustrating after a while. Not being able to lighten one’s own mood or make dark, negative thoughts, disappear, it is easy to grow weary. The mind has a natural balance that it prefers to maintain. An alteration of that can result in irritability.

It can also result in perfectionism. Depression and perfectionism can be interchangeable like the proverbial chicken and egg. Excessively high expectations met with devastating disappointments are part of the ruthless cycle lead by perfectionism. Unable to meet impossible standards, a perfectionist sees themselves personally as the problem. Those low crashes can result in depression. Conversely, dealing with depression while trying to maintain a perfect appearance inside and outside can lead to further complication.

Depression interacts with primary cognitive functions and psychomotor skills. Basic actions like talking, walking, and eating can be slowed down because of depression. A fog that settles over the mind, depression interferes with the ability to concentrate, focus, and make decisions. There are, however, shining moments.

Darkness does not prevail 100% of the time with depression. ‘Toggling’ is a term Walton uses to describe the bounce effect people with depression have when they seem to be fulfilled and happy when with certain people or at a certain event, but quickly return to a low frequency state. Even before the feel-good event is offer, the depression will creep its way back in.


If you or a loved one are demonstrating any of these symptoms of depression, call Refuge Recovery today. Our treatment programs are open to those suffering from depression and other emotional pain, in addition to substance abuse. (323) 207-0276

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