30 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because of Your Depression

Most people imagine that depression is actually similar to sadness, and unless you have experienced depression yourself, you may not know that it goes much deeper than that. Depression itself can be manifested in many different ways. Expresses in a number of ways, some are more obvious than others. While some people have a hard time getting out of bed, others may find time to do things, it’s different for everyone.

To find out how depression shows itself in ways that other people don’t see, we asked The Mighty Mental Health community to share the one thing people don’t realize they’re doing Because they are suffering from depression.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. In social situations, some people don’t realize that I withdraw or don’t speak much because of depression. Instead, they think I’m being rude or intentionally antisocial.” Laura B.

2. I struggle for hours sometimes to get out of bed. Then the very thought of taking a bath is tiring. If I manage to do that, I’m ready for a nap. People don’t understand, but anxiety and depression are exhausting, just like a real physical fight with a professional boxer.” Julie J.

3. Agreeing on social plans but canceling at the last moment. Making excuses, but in reality you survived. This makes you think that your friends don’t really want to see you, they just feel bad. Responsibility.” Brian L.

4. Hidden in my phone. Yes, I’m addicted, but not like other people. I don’t socialize, play games, or browse online stores to distract myself from my negative thoughts. This is my safe bubble.” Evelyn L.

5. Go to bed at 9 pm and sleep until 10 or 11 pm” Karissa D.

6. Isolating yourself, not living up to your potential at work due to lack of interest in anything, making self-deprecating jokes. I have said it many times before, ‘I laugh so I don’t cry.’ Unfortunately, this is all too true.” Kelly K.

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7. The reason I reach out when I’m sad is because I want someone to tell me I’m not alone. Not because I want attention.” Tina B.

8. I don’t like talking on the phone. I prefer to text. There is less pressure there. He is also anti-social. Not because I don’t like being around people, but because I’m pretty sure not everyone can tolerate me.” Meghan B.

9. I overcompensate in my work environment and work on the front lines at a fitness center, so I feel the need to project an ‘extra happy, bubbly personality.’ As soon as I walk out the door at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve ‘fallen’. It’s exhausting, I’m a professional at hiding it.” Linda H.

10. Drinking excessively. Most people assume I’m trying to be the ‘life of the party’ or just enjoy drinking in general. I often get compliments for this. But my issues go deeper than that.” Teresa A.

11. Hiding in my room for hours watching Netflix or Hulu to distract myself or going to the bathroom or going to another room at social functions because sometimes social situations get to me.” Kelsey F.

12. Saying “I’m tired or not feeling well” doesn’t realize how much depression can affect you physically and emotionally.” Lauren G.

13. Answering slowly. This slows down my mind and I cannot think of answers to questions quickly. Especially when someone is asking what I want to do when I don’t really want anything. I isolate myself so that I’m not forced into a situation where I have to respond because it’s exhausting.” Erin W.

14. Sometimes I forget to eat the whole day. I can feel my stomach rumbling but don’t have the willpower to get up and make something to eat.” Kenzie came over.

15. I don’t talk much in large groups of people, especially when I meet them for the first time. I have withdrawn because of my anxiety and depression. People think I’m ‘stuck.’ I’m really scared of worrying that they don’t like me, or that they’ll look at me and think I’m ‘crazy'” Hannie W.

16. No contact with anyone, poor personal hygiene and extremely poor reactions to seemingly trivial things.” Jenny B.

17. Being angry, mean, or rude to people I love without even realizing it for a moment. I realize my actions and words later and feel terrible that I took my anger out on people who didn’t deserve it.” Christy C.

18. I deliberately avoid working on holidays so that I can avoid spending time with family. It feels overwhelming to be around them and talk about the future and life so I avoid it.” Aislinn G.

19. My house is a mess.” Cynthia H.

20. I volunteer for everything from going to PTO meetings to babysitting kids to cleaning someone else’s house for them. I surround myself with situations and obligations that force me to get out of bed and out of the house because if I don’t need to, I don’t want to.” Carleigh W.

This story originally appeared on The Mighty and was originally published here on 07.21.17

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