Understanding High-Functioning Depression

a person with high-functioning depression looks out of a window from bed

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. While it is often associated with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of energy, not all cases of depression present in the same way. Some people with depression may appear to be functioning normally, but they may be struggling with intense feelings of emptiness, guilt, or anxiety. This type of depression, known as high-functioning depression, can be difficult to identify.

At Northpoint Washington, our team of mental health professionals in our depression treatment program is dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their symptoms and regain their sense of joy and purpose in life.

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What Is High-Functioning Depression?

Depression is a very well-known mental health condition, but there are still many misconceptions about it. One of the biggest myths about depression is that it always looks the same. In reality, depression can present in a number of different ways, and some people may seem to be doing well on the outside while they are suffering on the inside. So, what is high-functioning depression?

High-functioning depression, also known as dysthymia, is a type of depression characterized by persistent, low-grade sadness and a lack of energy. It is different from major depression in that the symptoms are less severe and may not prevent a person from functioning in their daily life. People with high-functioning depression may be able to continue working, caring for their families, and participating in social activities, while still struggling with feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and a lack of motivation.

Signs of High-Functioning Depression

The signs of high-functioning depression can be subtle and may not be obvious to others. Pay attention to the following signs if you think you or someone you know may be struggling with this type of depression:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

It’s important to note that not everyone with high-functioning depression will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity of symptoms may vary.

What Is It Like to Live with High-Functioning Depression?

Living with high-functioning depression can be incredibly difficult. Despite being able to maintain a façade of normalcy, those with high-functioning depression often feel as though they are walking through life in a fog, disconnected from their emotions and unable to truly enjoy the things they once loved. They may also struggle with feelings of guilt and shame, believing that they should be able to “snap out of it” or that their depression is not serious enough to warrant help.

Understanding how this mental illness presents can be vital to getting the help you or a loved one may need. Caring for yourself or someone you love with high-functioning depression is the first step in managing the condition and beginning to feel better.

Break the Stigma and Get Treatment at Northpoint Washington

Depression is a treatable illness, and seeking help is the first step in breaking the cycle of high-functioning depression. At Northpoint Washington, we understand the unique challenges of this mental illness and are here to provide the support and treatment you need to regain control of your life.

Our team of experienced professionals specializes in treating high-functioning depression, and we offer a variety of treatment options, including a variety of therapy options and support groups. We also understand the importance of addressing the underlying causes of depression and work closely with our patients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs.

Don’t let the stigma of high-functioning depression prevent you from getting the help you need. At Northpoint Washington, we are here to support you on your journey to recovery. Contact us today at 888.450.2153 to schedule an appointment and start your path to healing.