“Smiling depression” (an emerging threat): Let’s Talk


  • Sudip Bhattacharya Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Ram Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7935-9013
  • Kyle Laura Hoedebeck Oscar Health, United States of America
  • Neha Sharma Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Ram Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • Ozden Gokdemir PhD Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0542-5767
  • Amarjeet Singh Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, IndiaPGIMER, Chandigarh, India.


Depression, mental health, pain


In today’s world of chaos and stressful life dealing with the situations alone with no family, friends or financial support makes people vulnerable to develop depression. It is a worldwide major public health problem and “Smiling depression” aka an atypical form of depression is on the rising trend. People wears mask to prevent the inner turmoil and the need to overcome it. Mostly, it affects the middle-aged group people- the working force for any nation. It is significantly leading to morbidity, disability, mortality and ultimately socio-economic loss. Addressing this type of depression at an early stage will not only help in reducing self-harm and suicides but will also improve the quality of life of such people. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment can be provided in different settings by people whether health or non-health professionals. Health system strengthening through proper counselling and psychotherapy, appropriate referral mechanisms and continuity of care is the point of need to tackle this escalating concealed problem.


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Bhattacharya S, Laura Hoedebeck K, Sharma N, Gokdemir O, Singh A. “Smiling depression” (an emerging threat): Let’s Talk. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2019 Dec. 31 [cited 2021 Nov. 28];31(4):433-6. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1255



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