7 Ways to Decide if someone is Faking Depression


First of all, people fake depression because it allows them to gain sympathy, compliments, pity, attention and many other monetary and non-monetary gains. Wives fake depression due to the fact that they believe it will get a piece of jewelry, girls till they get their personal car, or an agreement from their parents to marry an unsuitable spouse.

Faking Depression - Dr Prerna Kohli, India's Leading Psychologist
Faking Depression – Dr Prerna Kohli, India’s Leading Psychologist

Fake depression may not be real, but it still important to find the underlying symptom for the fake depression, whether low esteem, greed, misplaced romantic notions among others.

Hence, below are the seven signs of fake depression:

Creating drama or falling sick when something is refused to them

Self-harm such as  cutting themselves, but the cuts are superficial, more like scratches

The “depression” is short-term

Only depressed about certain things they enjoyed in the past

Blaming others for all their problems

Passive aggressiveness

Acting helpless

    Faking Depression - Dr Prerna Kohli, India's Leading PsychologistFaking Depression – Dr Prerna Kohli, India’s Leading Psychologist

In conclusion, faking depression is in itself a symptom of depression or some other mental issue. Hence, it is important to meet with an experienced Psychologist to determine if your loved one is suffering from clinical depression, or there is some other underlying problem which needs to be addressed. Lastly, never diagnose or treat depression yourself, it mandates meeting a qualified psychologist.

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Learn more about Dr. Prerna Kohli

“You can talk with a close friend or relative about what’s troubling you; but it’s not the same as a professionally-trained experienced psychologist who knows exactly what kind of help you need” – Dr. Prerna Kohli.

Faking Depression - Dr Prerna Kohli, India's Leading Psychologist
Faking Depression – Dr Prerna Kohli, India’s Leading Psychologist

About Dr. Prerna Kohli
Firstly, she is a 100 women Achievers Award Winner (2016) from the Honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Moveover, Dr. Prerna Kohli is a Clinical Psychologist, a Public Speaker, a Workshop Facilitator and a Holistic Practitioner. She offers Heart-based workshops and lectures that focus on Life Balance, Self-awareness and Inner Peace. Dedicated to sharing her knowledge and compassion with others, Prerna blends intuitive wisdom with a solid understanding, creating a powerful holistic approach, specializing in the areas of Emotional change.

In conclusion, Dr. Prerna Kohli is a leading Psychologist in India and provides families, individuals, parents and children counseling on being happy.



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