Situational depression is also known as “adjustment disorder with depressed mood.” This condition often resolves in time and talking about it can ease recovery. On the other hand, clinical depression is a more severe mental health condition caused by a disturbance in the body’s neurotransmitters, thus interfering with daily functions.
3. Loss of Interest in Activities
Individuals struggling with smiling depression may not be interested in activities they once enjoyed. This is also a telltale symptom that one may notice when a loved one is suffering from depression.
4. Changes in Appetite and Sleep Problems
Physically being unable to do an activity is one reason why someone with smiling depression may stop doing activities they once enjoyed. This may be because of an overwhelming feeling of fatigue6 due to too much or too little sleep, or changes in appetite.
5. Loss of Concentration
When a person has trouble concentrating, trails off during conversations, or loses their train of thought, these may be symptoms of depression.
6. Physical Pains
In addition to weight changes and fatigue, some physical symptoms of concealed depression to look out for include backache, chronic pain conditions, digestive problems, and headache, among others.8
7. Avoiding Social Situations
Someone struggling with smiling depression may often cancel dinner plans with friends or loved ones. They may also prefer to be alone a lot, withdrawing from social situations because they are exhausted in making an effort to put on a happy face.
8. Often Irritable
Being impatient, grumpier than usual, or irritable are a few subtle symptoms of smiling depression.10 This is even more relevant if the person was once easygoing, compassionate, and patient.
9. Always Tired
Someone suffering from smiling depression may experience constant fatigue11 without any underlying cause. People with depression often feel very tired, and they will not be interested in doing any activity. Most of the time, they lack the energy or enthusiasm to do any task at all.