Why You Shouldn’t Hide Your Depression

Why You Shouldn't Hide Your Depression

People often conceal their depression problems because they do not want to share their emotions with loved ones

Depression is a common mental health concern, yet many cases go untreated or unidentified. People with depression may not recognize the symptoms in themselves, or they may hide those signs from family members, friends and employers. Unfortunately, depression does not have a cure, but it does have effective treatment methods. Avoiding treatment worsens depression to impact daily life, happiness and health.

Stigmas and Hidden Depression

One reason people deny, ignore or hide depression is because a diagnosis comes with many stigmas. CNN.com reveals that “43% of people keep their depression symptoms to themselves during a doctor’s appointment, because they feel their emotional difficulties are off-topic, they don’t want to be prescribed antidepressants, or they’re afraid a record of the conversation will be seen by employers” (“Depressed People Often Hide Symptoms from Doctors,” September 2011). In other words, people often conceal their depression problems because they do not want to talk about their emotions with doctors or loved ones, because they do not want to burden their friends and family members with their negative emotions or because they fear the social labels that come with a diagnosis.

Speaking up About Depression

There are many reasons to be honest with yourself, your doctor and your loved ones about depression. First, untreated depression will not go away on its own. CNN.com shares that “being depressed could actually be injurious to the brain…Delaying treatment is probably the worst thing a patient can do for their mental health.” In other words, denying depression only worsens the disorder while increasing the possibility for additional mental health concerns. Additionally, people may abuse drugs or alcohol to mask their symptoms. They may take a prescription drug from a friend or family member, but this act is substance abuse, and it can lead to addiction. Finally, people may receive medication from a doctor, but only after admitting to physical symptoms of depression, such as lethargy or pain. Acknowledging these symptoms may seem easier than admitting to a full depression diagnosis, but it leaves patients with the incorrect treatment. They may use pain medication to cope with emotions, but depression may endure while hurting patients.

Get Help for Depression

Ending your silence about depression is the first step to recovery. Depression will not go away on its own, and additional concerns are likely to develop if the problem goes untreated. If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, then do not hide it any longer. The stigmas surrounding your health only change when people speak up, so call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to let our admissions coordinators get you the help you need.