The Ten Characteristics of Perfectly Hidden Depression


  1. Wow, very informative post! It definitely made me think about any characteristics I have that would fall within those 10.

  2. This describes me almost perfectly. I’ve been working with a very lovely psychiatrist who offers talk therapy for almost 18 months now and am finally starting to break through these “symptoms” and become more vulnerable and able to express myself.

    One of the first things he said to me was that I carried a lot of anger inside me. I couldn’t accept it, I’m not an angry person.

    What I didn’t realise is that I had a constant anger aimed at myself.

    1. That’s wonderful insight Kat, and I probably should add that in as part of the picture. Freud (way back in the day) called depression “anger turned inward.” I’m delighted that you’re working with someone who could see what was happening and help you free yourself. Thanks very much for commenting.

  3. Wow this describes me perfectly! I definitely have a hard time talking about negative emotions and feelings in therapy and am quick to downplay things by saying things like others have it worse or always finding silver linings.

    1. Hi Beni. I’d suggest reading more of my posts on PHD if you resonate with it this much. Or I’ve talked about it in my podcast as well, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. Thanks so much for letting me know and good luck. It can lead to a myriad of problems in the long run.

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