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.
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
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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- Living with someone Suffering from Depression?
- Treatments for Depression
“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.