sWe have heard that a smile is generally a sign of happiness, but there are people who can smile, live happy moments and still have depressing feelings and negative thoughts.
These people generally suffer from a disorder that is popularly referred to as "smiling depression," although the precise clinical term is atypical depression, as specified by Olivia Remes, a specialist in anxiety and depression at the University of Cambridge.
Remes explains that it is difficult to identify who may be suffering from the disease, precisely because it knows how to hide its true state of mind after false signs of happiness, also because they are often people who have no apparent reason to be sad: they have a job, a house , friends and even couple and children.
However, there are some symptoms that can help us detect when someone, or ourselves, is depressed, even though we may demonstrate happiness at specific times.
The difficulty of realizing that an apparently good person is actually depressed makes this type of depression more dangerous than others. But there are other factors that aggravate this typology, emphasizes the expert.
On the one hand, the affected person takes much longer to seek support for not recognizing the disease. Also, people who tend to suffer from it often have difficulty recognizing emotions, so working from a psychological point with them is much more complicated.
Another risk is the ability of these people to continue their daily activities because, according to Rames, this can be counterproductive.
"The strength they have to carry on with their daily lives can make them especially vulnerable to making suicidal plans.
This contrasts with other forms of depression in which people may have suicidal ideas but not enough energy to act on their intentions, "warns Olivia Remes.
To treat atypical depression, the Mayo Clinic states that it is necessary to use medication, talk therapy (psychotherapy), and lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly and practicing meditation.
If you think you may have any of the symptoms of depression, go to the doctor, and if that is very difficult, try to talk to a friend or relative, they will be happy to help.
The Mayo Clinic explains that the signs vary from person to person, but there are a few keys:
Feel a temporary improvement in mood in response to good news or positive moments such as receiving a friend's message or receiving congratulations from a boss or boss but then feeling depressed again.
Increased appetite and weight gain.
Sleep many hours and still feel sleepy during the day (with other types of depression usually less sleep).
Feeling of balance and weight in the arms and legs during different time intervals in one day.
Special susceptibility to criticism and rejection that may end up affecting personal and work relationships.