The smiling depression is a different kind of depression. The usual idea of depression is of someone who is sad, anti social or is unable to function. However, not everyone reacts to depression in the same way. In contrast, the term smiling depression means the people who appear perfectly happy on the outside but are dealing with depression secretly. Therefore, in the social space, they are the life of a party, but when they are alone they suffer from anxiety and grief. If left unattended, this kind of depression can be fatal. Often this kind of depression is not detected easily. (Also read: What are the signs of concealed depression)
Few signs of smiling depression are:
- Negative and disturbing thoughts.
- Staying in an anxious and depressed state of mind.
- Losing interest in daily activities and hobbies.
- Lack of appetite or sudden increase in it.
- Insomnia or hypersomnia.
- Lack of concentration
- Suicidal thoughts and dreams.
How to deal with smiling depression
On the positive side, smiling depression is easily treatable. By making little changes in the lifestyle, this form of depression can be helped. With this in mind, here are few ways to do it. (Also read: Can depression be contagious)
Healthy and balanced diet
Our mood and mental health are affected by the presence of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that regulates hunger and the general sense of well being. Notably green vegetables and carbohydrate rich food such as sweet potato help to increase the levels of serotonin.
The main sources of vitamin D are sunlight. Staying indoor prevents the body to get the adequate supply of vitamin D. Vitamin D helps to deal with depression. Therefore, it promotes a sense of happiness and well being.
Socialising and reaching out
Avoiding social life and staying indoors has a very negative effect on mental health. It is equally important to reach out to friends. As a result, it provides a feeling of warmth and happiness. Therefore, this helps the person to open up.
Speaking to a physiatrist
When the feeling of depression is turning unbearable, it is important to seek medical help. As a matter of fact taking help from a physiatrist can provide a way to deal with depression. This is an important step to deal with this problem. (Also read: How to help your friend to come out of depression)