Did you know that depression can manifest itself as a smile? It’s called Smiling Depression. This term is used to describe the condition where someone appears happy on the outside, but they’re actually struggling with depression on the inside.
In this blog post, I will discuss what smiling depression is, the signs and symptoms, and what you can do if you think you or someone you know might be suffering from it.
The signs and symptoms of Smiling Depression include:
- Putting on a happy facade.
- Hiding negative emotions.
- Pretending everything is okay.
- Masking pain with a smile.
- Isolating oneself from others.
- Withdrawing from activities that used to bring joy.
The problem, of course, is that these symptoms are hidden. This means that someone you love could be struggling with this condition, without you noticing anything is wrong.
Signs to look out for
That said there are some signs that you should be aware of, since it might help you identify the problem and nip it in the bud. People with smiling depression might appear happy on the outside, but there are still some physical indicators that all is not well.
Many people struggling with depression change their eating habits and either lose or gain weight. They might also have trouble sleeping, which can manifest itself in dark circles under the eyes or looking tired all the time.
In addition they might complain about feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep. This leads them to becoming lethargic and not wanting to do things they used to love.
Other physical signs include headaches, stomach aches, and body aches with no clear cause. People with smiling depression might also suffer from anxiety, which can manifest itself in physical symptoms such as a racing heart or sweating.
If someone you know has suddenly put on or lost a lot of weight, and is always too tired to do anything, you must take note.
What can you do about it?
If you are concerned that someone you know might be suffering from Smiling Depression, the best thing you can do is to talk to them about it. Ask how they’re really doing, and let the conversation flow from there.
Approach the conversation with care and concern, and let them know that you’re there for them. If they are struggling, offer to help them get professional help.
If you are the person who is presenting a mask to the world, please know that burying your depression will not make things better. In fact, it will only make things worse.
The first step is acknowledging that there is a problem. From there, you can begin to seek help. The most important is to reach out and talk to someone. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or doctor.
Unfortunately Smiling Depression is often associated with a high risk of suicide, because the people who are struggling do not appear depressed and do not get help. So please do not take this condition lightly. Your life, or the life of someone you love, might depend on it.
For Further Reading
The following posts will be useful if you or someone you love is struggling with Depression.
- Freezing out depression – the psychological benefits of a cold shower
- Bright Light Therapy – a promising cure for depression
- Smiling Depression: what you need to know about this serious condition
- New Study shows how Pokemon GO could help improve Depression
- Anxiety vs. Depression: How to Tell the Difference and Get Help
- Is Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation effective in reducing depression symptoms?
- Depression Room Cleaning: The New Trend on TikTok that boosts our Mental Health
- Seasonal Depression: What Is It, Symptoms, and What To Do About It
- Dance and movement therapy holds promise for treating anxiety and depression
- The Devastating Impact of Smoking on Your Mental Health
- Vitamin D Supplements Shown to Alleviate Depression in Adults
- The use of genetic testing to help patients with acute depression
- The Devastating Psychological Impact of Facebook Identity Theft
- How to Help Your Partner Who is Struggling with Depression: Tips for Supporting Your Loved One
- The Pain of Loneliness: The Physical Symptoms and What You Can Do to Feel Better
- Gardening – A Fun and Healthy Way to Lower Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- How to Help a Friend Struggling with Depression – 10 Useful Tips
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