Anonymous asked in Family & RelationshipsSingles & Dating · 6 months ago

How to tell if someone is truly depressed vs attention seeker vs going through a phase.?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    A truly depressed person probably won't say they're depressed. You'll just notice that they can barely get out of bed, don't take care of themselves or their hygiene and appear to take no joy in anything. It's when people diagnose themselves as "depressed" or talk about suicide that it's usually just a cry for attention.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    I’d check social media accounts she uses for anything that stands out in an unusual way.

    Persistent sadness, she may experience a sense of hopelessness that makes it difficult to see the good in life. Minor inconveniences can seem like enormous obstacles she cannot overcome which makes it difficult to carry out meaningful activities due to overwhelming feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

    Depressed people often turn their misery inward. She might doubt she can do anything right and is often critical of herself. This can lead to frustration, which can perpetuate the downward spiral. When low self-esteem and self-loathing are combined, suicidal thoughts might occur, which can lead to self-harm.

    Depressed people will isolate themselves from others or cause acquaintances to interpret their actions as a lack of interest in continued friendship. Avoidance of other people can lead to a sense of isolation that worsens the symptoms of depression.

    Low self-worth can lead to anxiety.

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  • 6 months ago

    Depressed people usually don' try to attract attention. They stay away from people, they usually have a deadened look in their eye, and they don't have much social interaction in their daily lives. Be on the lookout for people who wear long sleeved shirts in hot weather, because it's likely that they're self harming, which can be a symptom of depression.

    Fakers, who might actually have an issue that's not depression, are completely different. You will hear about their sadness constantly. They make every conversation about it, and they rarely let anyone talk about anything else. They're greedy with others' attention, they don't like to be alone, or be out of the center of attention.

    However, if someone is depressed and they're close to you, they might confide in you because you are someone they can trust. This is different from a faker, because it has probably taken them a lot of time and courage to come tell you about their mental and emotional issues.

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