Mental health issues will affect one in four people at some point in their lives. This is an incredibly alarming and eye-opening stat. However, what’s even more alarming is that many people fail to recognize that the particular issues they are facing are in fact mental health problems.

People with mental health concerns tend to sweep their problems under the carpet until sooner or later they are bursting at the seams with mental and emotional turmoil.

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions because it is an illness that can affect anyone at any time. The need to tackle depression has been a serious talking point in the media for many years. And it makes total sense: as human beings, pretty much everything we do is in pursuit of our own happiness. We strive to be as content as we possibly can be.

Concealed depression is one of the most dangerous forms of depression because as the name suggests, sufferers keep their condition under wraps. This then means that loved ones are often completely oblivious to the fact that there is a problem.

Chester Bennington may have been known as the lead vocalist of Linkin Park, but unfortunately he too had concealed depression. Ultimately, it ended up costing him his life. Very few people suspected that Bennington had a problem. He seemed like any other family man who adored his wife and kids.

However, lurking beneath the surface was an immense and seemingly unsolvable sadness.

Here are 12 signs that you could be suffering from concealed depression…

1. Nothing brings you joy anymore

The hobbies you once loved no longer make you happy. And you can’t explain why you no longer value your former interests. Very few things fulfil you as a person, and you become increasingly wary of the fact that you’re getting older and older and life is just passing you by.

2. You cultivate new interests as a way of adapting

Being depressed doesn’t necessarily mean you lose the will to do anything. Some people with concealed depression will make changes to their lifestyle in the hopes of curbing the ongoing sadness they feel. You may take up new forms of exercise, buy things you have your heart set on, go on walks etc.

3. Your sleeping and eating habits have changed drastically

If you can’t get to sleep at night, if you’re perpetually tired, if you have lost your appetite or are insatiably hungry, you may have concealed depression.