How to tell someone you're depressed without saying it?

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March 2nd, 2016 7:35am
Telling someone you are depressed without saying it? that's a difficult question... I ask myself this everyday when I want to open up to my family. When I want to let them know how alone I feel because they don't understand me. I don't know if they know I am depressed, if they do know and have never said anything to me... well I really wish they would say something. Some days I really think they do know but they choose not to say anything to me because they are scared they don't understand or they can't accept the reality that their daughter is depressed. Telling anyone you are depressed is one of the biggest challenges because you don't want to be seen differently, you simply want someone to be there for you, to understand you, to accept you, so you don't feel so alone.... I know I feel that way all the time. I want someone to see that I am hurting but not to make a big deal out of it. I want you to see that I am trying to get better, I am making an effort, but everyday is a challenge... Some days worse than others. I just want acceptance. Just see that, yes I am depressed but that doesn't mean there is something wrong with me. I am still normal... maybe not at the same level as you, but I am still normal and I am making the best effort to be the best person I can be. I am trying to be happy.
February 15th, 2016 3:23am
"I'm feeling low' 'I've been struggling' 'I'm going through a rough time' 'Things just aren't working out' 'Things are spiralling out of control' 'My life is going downhill' 'I just don't feel too great anymore' 'I'm unhappy' 'I'm feeling emotional'
February 14th, 2016 4:57pm
There's no point in doing so. Don't try and give people "hints" about your depression; it wastes your time, and theirs. Depression is a serious illness, and there's no need to beat around the bush about it. Would you ask, "how do I tell someone I have cancer without saying it?" It's absurd. Consider reevaluating why you're unwilling to just tell someone in the first place. What are you hoping to accomplish by the conversation?
February 19th, 2016 3:16pm
I recently got diagnosed with Depression as well as Social Anxiety. It took me nearly a year to build the confidence to finally seek help. Now, how did I manage to tell my GP this without speaking words? I spent some time writing down everything I feel all the time and things I struggle with, not needing to speak made me finally feel a little relieved I was able to finally get help. My suggestion, book an appointment with a GP, (If you haven't been diagnosed) and write down how you are feeling and why etc. If you have been diagnosed and want to tell family members / friends, writing down a note about it can also help and be really effective. Good luck.
February 13th, 2016 5:31am
I've been feeling lost and confused a lot recently. I haven't been feeling like me, for quite awhile.
February 21st, 2016 4:41pm
Let them know the symptoms you're experiencing. That's probably better than saying your depressed even if it's just in casual convo where you just start to say things like "you know, I really don't enjoy [playing football] like I used to anymore, it really just doesn't make me happy anymore and it doesn't feel fun." and hopefully if you do that the person should pick up on it whilst allowing you to carry on and explain other symptoms
April 30th, 2016 10:48am
With a lot of people they need the straight up, if you use things like self-harm it will go completely the wrong way. it is a case of you saying "I am a bit stressed" or "I don't know what it is, but I don't feel well". This will let them know...
February 14th, 2016 12:43am
The best way to "tell someone about your depression is writing notes! It isn't "saying" it, but it gives the person the news about your problem. When you write a note to anyone, it gives more self esteem, so you don't get anxiety from talking to them in person.
February 13th, 2016 11:32am
Help i need to talk about some things that are holding me back when you have time may we talk? then just talk about being sad they will get the hint
February 18th, 2016 1:29am
It can be very difficult to tell somebody you are depressed without actually talking to them. They may mistake your attempts as general low mood, bad mood, self-pity or a range of other negative emotions. I personally found talking to people helped, because it have me direction and also gave them an understanding of my condition. Never underestimate the power of conversation!
February 13th, 2016 11:50am
Just be honest to them. Give them expression in your face. But hey, life is beautiful. You shouldn't be depressed. Yours friends will get sad too if they can't help you. So give them chances.
May 21st, 2016 7:32pm
Signs of depression is usually numb state, more or less sleep, sadness, and lost of interest in things
February 15th, 2017 12:23am
Art - Music, Paintings, Poems, Sculptures - whatever you're good at. Try to express your feelings through pictures and colours, through moves and ideas.
February 24th, 2016 2:20pm
I would say that the best way of telling someone you're depressed is to say it straight out. You can always say that you are feeling a bit down lately, but then again there might be some misunderstandings. If you just say it, they are probably more likely to understand what you are going through.
February 19th, 2016 10:04am
I'm having a hard time feeling motivated to do what I'm supposed to be doing, staying in touch with my friends and getting out to do pretty much half of what I normally do. I just want to sit around and block everyone out.
April 27th, 2016 4:16pm
i might argue that, as the level of intimacy with the specified person increases so too should their awareness of the non verbal cues of depression such as body language or behaviors that you exhibit and respond with a query about how you feel. barring this fact or the person's utter inability to interpret non verbal behaviors, the following directive seems of importance: unless they themselves are the cause of your depression in your opinion , you should consider informing them at the inception of the conversation that they are not the cause of your depression and continue to reiterate this fact periodically as you explain to them what is going on. if the person is the cause of your depression, you probably should consider a list of talking points such as what exactly they do to depress you and what they need to do to help you. in doing so, the other party is aware of what needs to happen and can decide themselves whether they will participate. or it will be too much for them. prepare for this possibility even if it is remote. i hope this is helpful...
February 13th, 2016 7:30am
I guess you could write a letter to them or text it to them? You could make it obvious to them that you don't feel like you're healthy, if they're a close person to you then its important that you tell them, I think.
February 17th, 2016 12:23am
By staying in bed all day and avoiding the things we used to enjoy. By saying stuff like I'm sad, weak and drained.
February 14th, 2016 11:22pm
If I wanted to tell someone I was depressed but couldn't say it verbally, I would try writing it down. Give it to them, let them read it when they are ready or have time. Or I would maybe find someone that already knows, have them sit and talk to them for me.
May 15th, 2016 11:55am
One reason why many people STAY feeling depressed is that they DWELL on what has made them unhappy. Thinking and thinking about it KEEPS them depressed. Thus, it's possible to be unhappy and/or depressed for years about something that is actually an old event, or an aspect of life that could be CHANGED. You might well very feel good if someone understood how you feel. It would be nice if someone cared. BUT that probably won't change a thing. The change from depression to happiness MUST ultimately come from within YOU. Some people are very unhappy, even though they have wealth and friends. Some people live in poverty and are sick but feel happy. Amazing but true. To a profound extent, it's not circumstances that make people unhappy or depressed - it's how they FEEL about these things. This perspective can be altered. Maybe you don't REALLY need to talk about it. Maybe you just need to start thinking differently. Perhaps you can simply start to look forwards optimistically, looking forward to there being much more in life that will make you happy.
March 8th, 2016 9:59pm
Sometimes you just need to be honest with yourself and your loved ones. I recently tried to ask a hypothetical question to a friend to avoid getting and made this friend very mad at me. My friend said it was dishonest not to just ask the question outright.
October 27th, 2016 3:11pm
You might write them a note/message/email to let them know. Writing may be easier for some than talking(:
February 21st, 2016 8:25pm
Maybe say you've been finding life especially hard recently/or [insert time]. Or you could say you are finding it especially hard at the moment. Just try to let someone know and they will be able to help you.
November 4th, 2016 10:47pm
There's no shame in explicitly telling someone that you're depressed. It's an actual problem that needs to be addressed so it's perfectly alright to say it as it is, without using euphemism. However, if you do feel uncomfortable doing that, you could let your friends/family know that you've been unhappy for a while and would like to explore ways to resolve it or cope with it. Perhaps you could discuss how you've been feeling for a while/some of your thoughts. Also, be careful who to confide in--usually start with people you trust the most and who you think would handle such sensitive information in a mature way.
March 31st, 2017 6:20pm
Ask them if they have experienced sadness before and tell them what made you sad. You can tell them the story if you want or ask them what they think about depression. Based on what they think you can tell them that you are depressed if you feel like it. You can ask them for help too because you feel like you are overwhelmed for example. Most people have experienced depression, so if you are talking to an adult don't be afraid of saying it.
March 7th, 2018 7:39pm
maybe by pointing the symptoms out in some sort of way or u can write it down if itll help with like a website where they can see which symptoms u have so they understand more
April 25th, 2018 4:39am
If you want to implicitly tell someone about your depression you might say that you're not feeling the way you should be and have some work to do. You might follow it up with something else to make them realize that. But in seriousness, why not be explicit about it if youre talking to someone important?
May 6th, 2018 5:58am
You can write about depression from your perspective how it is to live with it and let them read it... if they are interested to understand more they will find the way how to talk you about it more.
March 2nd, 2016 1:30am
If you can't say that you're depressed, then describe how you feel, it'll have the same effect. You could also try writing a letter to that person talking about it, if you physically can't say it
July 14th, 2017 9:58am
Try to convey that you are having trouble performing everyday tasks that are normally very easy for you. Although, its just better to try and put your trust in someone and say your mind.