High Functioning Depression Symptoms: What You Need to Know 😔
As a depression expert, we often see clients with high functioning depression symptoms. These individuals may appear successful on the surface, yet they are struggling with depression in their daily lives.
What is High Functioning Depression?
High functioning depression is a type of depression that is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. However, unlike individuals with major depression, individuals with high functioning depression symptoms maintain their daily activities. So, even if you get through your day, you may still have it.
Signs of High Functioning Depression
Some common high-functioning depression symptoms include:
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Feeling sad or hopeless most days
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Difficulty making decisions
- Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Thoughts of suicide
Why It’s Important to Seek Help
Many people who suffer from high functioning depression might not be aware that they are depressed. They may believe their feelings are normal or that they can manage them. Since depression can worsen over time, it’s crucial to seek mental health care if you feel suicidal.
How Can You Help Yourself?
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of high functioning depression, it’s important to prioritize self-care and community care. This can include getting enough sleep, walking outdoors regularly, maintaining a balanced diet, and going to events in your community.
Treatment Options: Treatment for high functioning depression may include therapy, medication, meditation, or more. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of therapy used to treat depression. Meaning that because it focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors, there is relief. Of course, antidepressant medication may also be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms.
Support from Friends and Family: In addition to professional help, support from friends and family can also be beneficial for individuals with high functioning depression. Having a support system can make people feel less alone and give them emotional support when things are hard.
Remember, depression is a treatable condition, and seeking help is the first step towards recovery.
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of high-functioning depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional for support. Meaning that reaching out to a mental health professional is the best way to approach it. This will help the person in need find adequate treatment and work on improving the quality of their life.
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