What causes masked depression?

Masked depression is caused by depression that is not experienced as feelings of sadness. A number of factors can cause masked depression.

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk for masked depression. Experiencing a stressful event, particularly the loss of a loved one, can trigger the condition. A family history of depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, or suicide can also increase your risk for masked depression. Other factors are chemical imbalances or side effects from medications.

Other illnesses, particularly serious illnesses, can make masked depression worse. Coping with any illness can be emotionally and psychologically stressful. People with masked depression already have difficulty dealing with these feelings.

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