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I Think I'm Depressed but Don't Want Others to Know: What Should I Do?

 I Think I'm Depressed but Don't Want Others to Know: What Should I Do?

Depression is a heavy weight. It erases happiness from your life, makes even the simplest daily tasks feel insurmountable, and can leave you feeling ashamed to let your loved ones know how you’re really feeling.

Whether it’s fear of judgment, societal stigma, or simply not wanting to burden others, hiding symptoms of depression is common — but unfortunately, keeping your feelings bottled up won’t make them go away.

Depression affects about 21 million American adults. It’s incredibly common, and the good news is that it’s treatable. Our trained therapists at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates specialize in depression treatment, and we’re ready to help. If you think you might have depression, here’s what to do next.

Understanding the common symptoms of depression

Depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or emptiness that don’t go away. But exactly how the condition manifests varies from person to person. You might have depression if you experience any combination of:

If these symptoms sound familiar and you think you could be depressed, it’s important to seek help. Acknowledging depression can be daunting — especially if you don’t want loved ones to know — but it’s a legitimate medical condition, and treatment is available.

Recognizing depression is the first step to feeling better

Just like asthma, diabetes, and other common health conditions, depression is real. The first step to achieving better mental health is recognizing the symptoms of depression, and the next step is seeking professional help.

At Boston Neurobehavioral Associates, we understand that depression is complex and seeking treatment isn’t always so simple. Fear of stigma, cultural beliefs, and more can make you hesitate to reach out. That’s why we offer convenient and confidential therapy, available virtually or in person.

Seeking treatment for depression

Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Just as you would seek medical attention for a physical ailment, taking steps to address your mental health is equally as important and deserving of care and attention. Depression is treatable, and many people find that therapy combined with medication significantly improves symptoms and overall quality of life.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other modalities provide a safe space to explore and understand your emotions, develop coping strategies, and learn valuable skills to manage depression effectively. One of the most significant benefits of therapy is the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about your struggles without fear of judgment.

Our therapists are trained professionals who provide compassionate support and guidance, helping you navigate through difficult emotions and experiences. Therapy can also offer a sense of validation and empowerment as you learn to recognize and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors.

How loved ones can help

Therapy and medication can be incredibly beneficial, but it's essential to surround yourself with a supportive network of friends and family, too. Whenever you’re ready, consider opening up to loved ones about your struggles with depression.

While it can be scary, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Trusted friends and family can offer invaluable emotional support and practical assistance, and sharing your experiences can even strengthen those relationships you care about the most.

Do you think you might have depression? You’re not alone — and there’s no reason to be ashamed. Depression is common and treatable, and our team is here to help you get the care you need. Contact us to schedule your first appointment, and start the journey to a happier, healthier you.

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