What is smiling depression?

According to a paper from the World Health Organization (WHO)Trusted Source, smiling depression presents with antithetical (conflicting) symptoms to those of classic depression. This may complicate the process of diagnosis.Usually, depression is associated with sadness, lethargy, and despair.

Smiling depression is a term for someone living with depression on the inside while appearing perfectly happy or content on the outside. Their public life is usually normal or perfect. The common symptoms of smiling depression are feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, fatigue, irritability, hopelessness,  despair etc.The smile and external façade is a defense mechanism, an attempt to hide their true feelings.

 Talk therapy, meditation and physical activity have  been shown to have tremendous mental health benefits.