How Does Depression Look Like?

When we think about depression, we often think about prolonged sadness and a lack of productivity and motivation. While those are really common symptoms of depression, they also aren’t the only ones. Depression doesn’t always look like depression; it’s not always visible sadness. Sometimes depression looks like throwing yourself into work and using substances to cope; sometimes it looks like smiling on the outside while you actually struggle with self blame and numbness.

These are a few signs of how depression look like :

  • Increased substance use as a coping mechanism.
  • Risky behaviours and not caring about consequences.
  • Sudden bursts of anger towards yourself or others.
  • Smiling and socialising despite feeling completely numb
  • Intense guilt and feelings of unworthiness.
  • Becoming completely overwhelmed when something goes wrong
  • Constantly keeping yourself busy and overworking yourself

What does depression look like for you?

6 Comments Add yours

  1. kinge says:

    True, depression can hide in little instances and not be detected. Good pointers

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found the post informative

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Lori says:

    Yes, I suppose for each person it’s different. I don’t usually use the word “depression,” because much of the time people associate the word with clinical depression. I usually say I’m feeling temporarily down, or I’m feeling depressed. Depression sounds like something long term. To me, feeling depressed is temporary and sometimes necessary to allow ourselves to feel sad emotions in order to move on. Those other symptoms you mentioned sounded like someone who might not realize they’re depressed and they’re expressing it in destructive ways instead of acknowledging they’re inner hurt. Thanks for sharing these symptoms so people can recognize them.

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    1. GS says:

      I agree with you. Most people are not awareness or dismiss it. It is important to frequently address these issues hoping that it might inspire someone to seek help

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  3. Sicetnon3 says:

    Thoughts and feelings, but not identity

    Like

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