High Functioning Depression: The Sad Reality of "Success"

In today’s society, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of what success looks like. We see people our age with great jobs, nice cars, and beautiful homes, and we think that’s what we’re supposed to aspire to. But what happens when achieving those things doesn’t make us happy?

What happens when we wake up one day and realise that the life we’ve built for ourselves isn’t making us any happier than we were before? That’s where high-functioning depression comes in.

What is High Functioning Depression?

High functioning depression is a form of low mood state that is characterised by being able to maintain a facade of normalcy despite feeling depressed most or all of the time. If you have high-functioning depression, you may be able to keep up appearances at work or school and maintain relationships, but underneath it all, you’re struggling. Common symptoms of high functioning depression include:

  • Feeling empty or numb most of the time
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Fatigue or decreased energy levels
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches that don’t have a known cause

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to reach out for help. Just because you’re able to keep up on your work and maintain your relationships doesn’t mean that you’re not struggling. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about what you’re going through; they can help you get the treatment you need to start feeling better.

Treatment for High Functioning Depression

We advise not going for medication or therapy because those tend to be a short-term solution, and the depression usually comes back even worse. Also, do not try to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. This will only make the problem worse in the long run.

The best way to get rid of high-functioning depression is by becoming more self-aware. This will help you understand your triggers and what makes you feel better. Once you know your triggers, it’ll be easier to avoid them or deal with them in a healthy way. Some things you can do to take care of yourself are:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Practising relaxation techniques

Exercise: Exercise has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression, so try to get moving every day, even if it’s just a walk around the block.

Diet: Eating a healthy diet is important for overall health, but it can also help improve your mood. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limit your intake of processed foods, sweets, and caffeine.

Sleep: Getting enough sleep is crucial for both physical and mental health, so ensure you get 7-8 hours per night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try to establish a regular sleep schedule and stick to it as much as possible. Avoid caffeine and screens in the evening, and create a calming bedtime routine to help you wind down before sleep.

Relaxation: Relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can help reduce stress and improve mood. Find a method that works for you and make it a part of your daily routine.

Support System: Having a strong support system of family and friends can make a big difference when dealing with depression. Talk to your loved ones about what you’re going through and lean on them for support.

If you think you might be struggling with high-functioning depression, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people struggle with this condition every day. But there is help available. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get the support you need to start feeling better.

Speak to your doctor, seek help from a good mental health coach and start working towards a happier, healthier state of being.

Disclaimer: This article is meant to inform and educate only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health condition, please seek professional help.

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