It is common for lots of people to walk through life with one or more forms of depression. For some individuals, the symptoms of depression are quite noticeable while for others the symptoms may be asymptomatic. Judging from the World Health Organization estimates, about 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. The DBSA has also determined that (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance), around 14.8 million American adults over the age of 18 can suffer from depression every year and one in eight adolescents have clinical depression already
Depression is primarily a mood disorder that is often characterized with extreme signs of sadness and often despairs that is so all-consuming that you may even find it difficult to get out of bed or function appropriately in your day-to-day life. Depression is, however, not all about symptoms of sadness since it is possible for some people to live with current depression on the inside, even though they appear cheerful and content on the outside. It is characterized as a hidden depression and regarded as a silent killer. The secret signs of hidden depression are diverse and may vary from uncommon sleep, eating or drinking habits that disagree from their traditioner ones to extreme pessimism, anger and irritability. It is common for depressed people to talk more philosophically than usual.
The typical signs of hidden depression have been presented here:
Anger and Irritability
Anger and irritability are the most visible sign of depression. Depressed individuals are easily annoyed, and they get furious at any slight inconvenience.
They feel things more intensely than normal
Individuals living with intense depression often feel emotions more intensely than other individuals without depression. For instance, someone who doesn’t usually cry while watching a TV show or movie suddenly breaks out in tears during a poignant scene.
Individuals living with depression usually look at things with a less optimistic point of view than usual. Psychologists have referred to this phenomenon as depressive realism, and converging lines of evidence suggest that it’s true. Individuals living with depression usually have a more realistic image of the world around them and their impact thereon. People who aren’t depressed, on the opposite hand, tend to be a lot more optimistic and have expectations that aren’t as rooted in their actual circumstances.
The primary Ego-defence mechanism for individual living with depression is workaholism. They tend to work more extended hours and sleepless nights working. They never take any moment to rest, and they rarely find pleasure in things that bring fun to normal healthy individuals. Scientists have termed this anhedonia. It is often a means to distract themselves from participating in social functions.
Depression is very serious and should not be taken lightly. Psychologists have called depression a silent killer. Early diagnosis of depression is necessary to manage the problem optimally. Pharmacologically, depression has been linked to low levels of monogenic amines in certain regions of the brain. One of the treatment modalities for the management of depression is the deployment of agents that can inhibit the destruction (metabolism) of this endogenous mines (serotonin, noradrenaline). Efficient therapy should also be supported with optimal pharmacotherapy.