But that doesn’t mean that all emotions are easily discernible from how a person sounds. Severe depression, for example, can be hidden from friends and family, yet be serious enough for that person to seek therapy or counseling. Many people put up a false front, concealing their pain from others. It’s important to not only pay attention to the behavior of those around us, but to reach out and ask, “How are you doing?” even if everything seems OK. It might not be.
© Copyright 2011 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.