5 Reasons People With Depression Hide From Others

Are you socially distancing yourself from your friends and family? Depression is a heavy mental illness; It can affect every aspect of your life, from your career to your relationships with others. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world that is not to be ashamed of. When battling depression, it is important to remember that you are not alone and that reaching out or opening up with a friend, family member, or psychiatrist can be the first of many in self-improvement. Here are some reasons why we withdraw socially when experiencing depression.

Disclaimer: The information in this video is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained in this video is for general information purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional.

Some might even mistake depression for laziness. To raise awareness, we also made a video on the signs you’re depressed, not lazy: https://youtu.be/q8HRGiUeZwc

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