It can be surprising – and a the same time, unfortunate – to learn what is behind a smile. But, masking what we truly feel on the inside will not be sustainable in the long run. One can put on as many smiles as possible, but it does not erase the real feeling inside.
Whether you are feeling down or notice a loved one becoming a little different than they used to be, recognizing depression is the start to getting the support you need. However, not all “unfortunate” emotions mean depression, and the following symptoms and warning signs may not diagnose the condition fully. But, this can only help you point in the right direction.
- Feeling hopeless and helpless – a bleak outlook despite the cheery facade.
- Losing interest in daily activities or preferred hobbies – the lack of joy and happiness despite a smiling appearance.
- Agitation, irritability, or losing temper even in matters that they were previously tolerant of.
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