High-Functioning Depression: 4 Signs To Watch Out For

HighFunctioning Depression

What if you are suffering from high-functioning depression and not even aware of it?

Unlike the popular belief, depression is not about feeling sad the whole day, locking yourself in your bedroom, and avoiding social life completely. Unfortunately, that’s what most people assume and envision about people with depressive symptoms. 

Well, it’s an absolutely wrong image considering the latest research on depression. The lack of awareness is the culprit!

Relying on social media posts and online blogs not backed by medical facts may misguide anyone. This is a digital age and bulk of data is available everywhere. But, not all information is reliable and accurate. 

It’s due to the wrong knowledge of depression that people neglect seeking medical help to the point when it becomes chronic.  

There are many symptoms of depression and vary from person to person. You may not have the same depressive symptoms as that of your friends.  

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (known as the bible of psychiatry), Fifth Edition, depression is having 5 or more of the below symptoms for 2 or more weeks, which is causing tremendous emotional distress or hampering your day-to-day functioning. 

  1. Depressed or sad mood
  2. Easily annoyed or short-tempered.
  3. Loss of interest or enjoyment in hobbies or activities that was previously enjoyed
  4. Feeling guilty or worthless 
  5. Thoughts of death or suicide
  6. Poor concentration
  7. Difficulty making decisions 
  8. Feeling restless or slow
  9. Feeling tired or fatigue
  10. Overeating or loss of appetite
  11. Weight loss or weight gain
  12. Changes in sleep pattern

On this date, depression can hit anyone!

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Even those who are achievers, successful, financially strong, healthy, cheerful, humorous, have high social status, and dream jobs – can suffer from depression. 

If depression is biased, then why is Jim Carrey one of the most influential comedians in history diagnosed with depression? There are many celebrities – Chris Evans, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Lady Gaga, Michael Phelps, Ryan Phillippe and the list goes on. 

There are different types of depression  and the signs and symptoms may be different. 

You may approach life with indifference despite having everything that you need to live. You may have accomplished things that were on your bucket list, but never actually happy within. Your daily activities or that regular job may not give you the desired pleasure. 

Related: What Depression Looks Like: The Hard-Hitting Truth

If you are experiencing something like this, then it is time to know about High-Functioning Depression. 

High-functioning depression is a serious issue

Do you know that psychiatrists are more worried about high-functioning depression than any other type?

It is highly concerning because most people who seem to have  “perfect” lives and having high-functioning depression commit suicide unlike those who have obvious problems and struggles in life.  

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At times you may feel that you are winning over your high functioning depression by brute character alone, but your experiences can be horrifying than some people might realize.  

Therefore, it is very important to know all the signs and symptoms of high-functioning depression to help yourself and your loved ones. 

Here’re 4 signs of High-Functioning Depression

1. Being too harsh on yourself

High functioning depressives are too tough on themselves!  Being critical of yourself beyond a certain limit leads to anxiety  and negative feelings. You expect a lot from yourself and overachieve. 

Though, it’s a great thing  you are unconsciously pushing yourself to a level where you believe you are not good enough. You are beating yourself for lacking behind and falling perceivably short. 

Look out for this sign, if you are a parent of a child who’s not satisfied with achievements at all. Also, if you think any of your friends are overly self-critical, take action. 

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