You hide from your feelings
You might be a ‘perfectly hidden depressed person,’ says Fayetteville, Arkansas psychologist Margaret Rutherford, PhD, where people think, ‘This is someone out there in the community, very task-oriented, almost perfectionistic. She has her act together.’
On the inside you might be grappling with unresolved or troubling issues, but you don’t like to think about them, let alone talk about them. ‘This person might look and seem like she has it all together, but if you scratch the surface, you’ll see they’re terrified that if they begin talking about what they really feel like, they’ll just break apart,’ Rutherford says.