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Why You Shouldn’t Hide Your Depression

Why You Shouldn't Hide Your Depression

When hidden from others, depression becomes a more dangerous and even life-threatening disorder

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States and is often kept secret by those suffering the most. Unfortunately, hiding your overwhelming emotions from others can turn depression into a life-threatening condition through self-harm or suicide.

Dangers of Suppressing Feelings of Depression

When hidden from others, depression becomes a much more dangerous and even life-threatening disorder. Hiding your depression keeps you from utilizing one of the most useful emotional outlets, human interaction. Without this outlet, your emotions may build up inside of you to the point where you simply cannot take it anymore. These intense and painful feelings could lead you to consider self-harm or suicide.

Self-harm is the act of purposely inflicting pain on the body in any way. When thinking about self-harm, most people immediately think of cutting. However, there are many other methods of self-harm, such as scratching, burning, hitting, stabbing, or poisoning. Those hiding their depression may do this to inflict physical pain, therefore distracting them from the emotional pain welling up inside. All forms of self-harm are dangerous, and can lead to life-threatening complications like infection.

Eventually, self-harm may not seem like enough to cope with the significant emotions you keep hidden inside. At this point, you may start having thoughts of suicide. Many people assume that suicidal thoughts are normal during depression and that it is no big deal. They might argue that they would never actually follow through with a suicide plan and that they are levelheaded enough to know better. Unfortunately, these are the people that fail to find help and that might eventually make attempts to take their own lives.

Opening Up About Your Depression

Even when you understand the risks of keeping your depression a secret, it can be difficult to admit your painful feelings to another person. The weight of depression may be so heavy that you don’t want to burden others with it or make your loved ones worry about you. Or you may be afraid of being judged as weak or dramatic. It is time to stop making these excuses and start finding your way to happiness and fulfillment once again. The first step is to talk to someone.

Before deciding who you would like to confide in, it is best to take some time to figure out whom you trust the most in your life. The person you talk to should be someone who is willing to take on whatever role you need at any particular time. For example, if you need someone to just listen without giving advice, that person should be willing to do so. However, the person you confide in should also be assertive enough to know when you should seek professional help. If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, this person should be prepared to help you find immediate treatment.

Get Help for Depression

Untreated depression can progress to thoughts of self-harm or suicide. Therefore, if you or someone you know suffers from depression, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about treatments for depression.

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