40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. In this context, since September 2018, Instagram has become flooded by empowering survival stories that aimed to raise social awareness on the illness. The hashtag, #faceofdepression is adding an essential layer of depth to the public conversation about hidden depression symptoms, and it's one we cannot ignore.


So, what do depressed people look like? What does somebody with suicidal thoughts look like? What does depression feels like? Many would probably imagine a crumpled up, crying shell of a person on their bathroom floor. However, the reality that #faceofdepression is trying to explain is that people who struggle with feeling depressed often hide it in their daily lives - meaning that they look like any other person you would pass on the street.


One among the most touching contributions to this campaign was a video posted by Talinda Bentley, widow of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, that showed him laughing and smiling only 36 hours before his tragic suicide. Do not take everything at 'face' value. If you think or know that somebody is showing the signs of depression, ask the hard questions before it's too late.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 if you or somebody you know needs urgent treatment of depression. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit their official website to live chat with a counselor.


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

selfloveclubb


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

TalindaB


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Monique Holley-Peak


You can't tell can you? You can't tell by the look in my eyes or the sound of my voice even. You're thinking "You're smiling though!" Yes. Yes, I am smiling. I smiled for you. I smiled so I don't make you feel bad. I don't want you to feel like I do. I also don't want you to feel like there is something you can do to make me "feel better". There isn't anything anyone can do. I have to work through it on my own. The worst part is that this bout snuck up on me. I recognize the familiarity of it all though. Empty Lonely Heavy Tired So tired Everything is loud Everything is annoying I have no patience I want to be left alone I want to stay in bed I don't want to work out I want to eat everything without cooking anything The best part is that I haven't felt like this in a very long time AND that I recognize it for what is. I'm the one who bakes and does crafts. You see that on the outside but you don't see the darkness inside. For those that are also suffering....PLEASE SEEK HELP. Treatment is different for each person. Do what is best for you. I'm doing what works for me while I get back to Monique. So for now - I smile, and let people know I'm struggling.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Rayna Gawel


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

selfloveclubb


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Tasha Bernstein Collins


This is my son , right before going to his computer to look up how to properly hang himself. Two days later he followed through.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

selfloveclubb


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Zoe Vanmeter


This is depression in our home. I tried to hang myself in my attic when the board broke and I broke thru the ceiling alerting my family. I fight every day. My husband tries his best but can't break through. I don't understand it. I don't know why I can't get rid of it. I have a wonderful family. I feel selfish, lost, sick and angry at myself. My brain has always been a little scrambled and I've fought just to make it thru school, I can't keep a job. I can't stay in task long enough or I take too long. I leave before I get fired. It's hard to feel worthless and I hate feeling like a burden to my family. I have so much pain inside. I'm in therapy I have meds. All I know is even though I feel like suicide would make life easier for my family, I also feel like if I could just get my head fixed and could be someone worthy, I really would like to stay around. I have been trying for so long I don't know if it's gonna happen for me. Today I am here. We will see how tomorrow goes tomorrow. I take it day for day and some times hour by hour. Sometimes i think If I can get through one more hour I'll go to bed and I'll sleep til tomorrow and see how it goes. Today has been ok. I'm trying to find something good today to give hope for tomorrow. Today I try.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Brittany Schroeder


My #faceofdepression and yes it is possible to be depressed with a child. Hearing, "You don't have a reason to be depressed with her around" doesn't do shit but make me feel worse about myself Being told, "All you need is exercise and a good diet" just makes me want to throat punch you even though you're coming from a good place Depression keeps you from doing things you want to do because it's literally a chemical imbalance in your brain.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Agnieszka Ostrowska


This is my boyfriend two weeks before hanging himself. Will never understand it...

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Lisa Althoff


This is what depression looked like not long before we lost our beloved Luke. Depression is a SERIOUS illness. Don't dismiss people who are hurting.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

selfloveclubb


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

jessica.woodard.sowards


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Stephanie Malanowski- Martin


Bipolar disorder here,(with a heavy emphasis on the depression side)...I get up, put on a full face of makeup, wear a fun dress, all while struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts..

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Amy Kramer


Currently at the doctor seeking help, most have no idea what I'm going through and that I cry in the shower or in the car on my way home from work or can't sleep at night because of panic attacks

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

my_mh_journey


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

selfloveclubb


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

f0reveruam


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Codi Natelli


Major Depression & PPD here. 3 weeks pp with #2 & going to the doctor is helping. Most times I feel like I'm drowning but last couple of days it's been easier. Sometimes just talking about it can be cathartic. PLEASE seek help if you need it. It's not failure. Sometimes you just need a little more time to get your shit together and that's ok, because being a functional parent is hard fucking work.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

alice_emma_louise


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

scarlett_okera


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

the_lip_lounge


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Jordan Pauline Cain


The face of depression. Sometimes it looks optimistic. Sometimes it doesn't. And having a smart, beautiful child doesn't mean those feelings don't exist or that they're not valid. She loves me on my good days and my bad days.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed
I suffer from fybromyalgia, arthritis and anxiety. The years have been a struggle.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

chrissiebm


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

chrissiebm


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

cheerfulchelsea93


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

rachelmariepete


40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Molly Miller


When people think about depression, they tend to have a very specific idea of how it manifests itself. I'm in the middle of a very real depressive episode and here I am at work with my plants and headphones

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Jules Whitney


I have been struggling with depression and anxiety for years and years. I started experiencing symptoms around 12 and wasn't diagnosed or treated until I was 25. (Early on docs told me I didn't seem depressed.) Once my kiddo was born, my postpartum depression fused with my everyday depression and I almost lost it. It was my dream to be a happy SAHP, and even though I stayed home for over a year, I felt worse and worse every day. It took all of my energy to make sure my baby was taken care of. I developed severe sleep apnea, gained a lot of weight, and couldn't function outside of my parental duties.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed
Depressed since high'school, drop'out, one suicide attempt, severely agoraphobic. In my country having a mental illness means that "Your parents didn't beat you enough", or, "Your husband should throw you out of the house, maybe then you'll get a job". So I learned to smile even in my worst days.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Sarah Howard


GAD and depression for probably two decades. My childhood nickname was "smiley". My positive attitude gets remarked on often. My brain still fires weird regardless.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

Sara Louise


I have suffered from depression for more than 2 thirds of my life. Think about that. Most of my life has been in pain and misery. Most of my life has been spent fighting my demons of suicidal ideation and convincing myself to stay, to keep fighting. There are days, even now, that I can draft my goodbye note in my head. There are days I can almost convince myself that my son and my family could be better off without me. Yet, this is no way makes me an unfit mother. One thing I never fail at for my son is loving him. Showing him he is loved. I know some of you say "you shouldn't have children if you are mentally ill" and to you I say: Eat a bag of dicks. My son saved my life. My son saves my life every day. I will not keep from him that I am sick when he is old enough to understand. I'd rather he see me battle my mind, than think even a fraction of my pain was caused by him.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed
The last images we have of my eldest son's father. Mother's day 2012. We felt he was making improvements, but Jesse completed suicide June 12, 2012.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed
About three hours before a massive panic attack that ultimately ended in self harm.

40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed
When you put on your war face but inside is where the battle happens.
40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed 40 Brutally Honest Pictures Show How Easily Depression Can Be Concealed Reviewed by Katerina Pap on 8:13 AM Rating: 5

1 comment

  1. This is a great article... that I would never in a million years share to anyone despite the relevance - because of the incredibly annoying facebook thing.

    ReplyDelete

Don't show again. Close

Like us on Facebook?