7 Signs You May Have High Functioning Depression

Many psychologists associate high functioning depression with persistent depressive disorder, which is a prolonged state of depression. Those with high functioning depression may not feel as helpless as those with clinical depression, but their depression does affect, tremendously, their quality of life. It minimizes their interest in everything, including social events with friends and family. High functioning depressives will go to school or work and socialize when necessary, but once they’re done with their responsibilities, they’ll withdraw themselves. Here’s 7 signs you may have high functioning depression. Number one: you’re concerned with time. Although you’re achieving your goals and completing all your tasks, you feel like you’re wasting your time. Even if you find a new hobby or job, it still feels like a fool’s errand, and you wonder if all the time you’re investing into such activities are worth it. Number 2: you constantly criticize yourself. Because you feel like you’re not achieving much, you criticize yourself. Your expectations are too high so you push yourself to the limit, affecting your state of mind. Number 3: You overthink. It doesn’t matter if a situation is big or small, you’ll find yourself overthinking it and eventually breaking down. Number 4: you feel misunderstood. Since most high functioning depressives can maintain a job, a house, and their responsibilities, people underestimate how much anguish they’re going through, minimizing their feelings simply because they don’t act like the typical depressed person. Number 5: you feel saddened. It’s normal to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re sad or numb most of the time even while participating in fun activities, you may be suffering from high functioning depression. Number 6: you have unhealthy coping strategies. Since you overwork yourself, you may lean towards drugs or alcohol to deal with stressful situations. Many high functioning depressives turn to self-destructive habits to clear their minds. Number 7: you have excessive pastimes. Along with any unhealthy coping habits you have, you may also find yourself constantly gaming or binge-watching tv series, among other things. Although these activities seem normal, the problem is you’re actually using them to escape reality. High functioning depression is difficult to notice because those who suffer from it are still able to continue with their responsibilities. Since they don’t act like the typical depressive person, they believe that they’re truly okay, but in reality it’s not okay to live life feeling numb, sad, and constantly criticizing yourself. If you do have high functioning depression, try to find the root of it. Only by doing so can you truly live happily. Have you ever experienced these symptoms or been diagnosed with high functioning depression? If so, what methods have you tried to recover from it? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to visit our website and other social media for more content. and if you’d like to support us, please check out our new Patreon account, or grab a digital magazine from our shop. Links will be in the description below. Thanks for watching!

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  1. I don’t know how I can find the root. And if it’s what I think it is..I’m bad at letting go of the past

  2. Family life or lack of plays a big part. Add on a tough job with bad pay and high rent. You think its only for a short period of time. Then you find yourself in a real dark echoing hole. Its your job, it may be the people you work with or not being appreciated for the tasks completed, becoming unsatisfied. You really have to do some thinking and think back to when you were a kid and what really caught your imagination and find something you could do that you would enjoy. There is so many trash jobs out there with careless bosses. Go and do something for yourself. It is the reason you are feeling shit. Not doing enough for yourself.

  3. Actually there is no one to talk to , because nobody would understand , when u talk to your parents they think that u can control your thought and all of these stuff , but they don't understand that if we really can control them we would not come and tell u about it , and in lots of countries therapists are crazy themselves ,so lots of depression or any other mental illness sufferers know that they need help , and they are ready to ask for help , but there us just no place or person that they can ask for this help .

  4. I don't talk about my issues, because people really don't understand it,

    And its frustrating.

    if I get comfortable with someone, I do say I have DYSTHYMIA

    But this thing is changing names all the time, lol.
    (I'm exaggerating)

    Like, what's the proper real name?

    When I was diagnosed it was called Dysthymia
    When or how the name changed?
    Or are
    -high functioning D.
    -persistent D.

    3 different things?
    Or one big umbrella of the same thing, just that everyone experiences differently?

    If anything
    Thanks to therapy/help
    I think I'm dysthymic since 11 years of age.

    Was HIGH FUNCTIONIG average/above at school & work.
    Getting praised.

    My Mayor Depression episode happened.
    First time being open with family. Seeked help.
    (Well, I had to)

    22- present. ..29
    Persistently depressed
    In the sense that I do still get praised for some things, specially at work,
    But can't go back to school,
    Can't do what I want in a day (errands wise)
    Waste my days.
    Don't go anywhere.

    At least before I went out to the beach with family.
    Now is just a waste of time.

    But emotionally, I think inside, always dysthymic.

    But on the outside
    It have totally changed what I'm able to accomplish.
    What people sees me as.
    Life in general.

  5. This is comforting, to understand that not everything is what it seems. Thanks for the video, it gives such a great impression for all of us, to truly understand that all of us could actually be in pain, to accept that we may be hurt the whole time…

  6. When i'm in school i always smile, my friends thought i don't have problem but when i'm home i suddenly get tired and sad.. I always read wattpad and watch videos to make myself happy.. And when i went to sleep i always cry i don't know why..I always do that…

  7. Well, how to get rid of depression?? I don't know… all I know is, distract myself with something else… and sometimes… I wish I was emotionless… is that normal..? I usually hide my depression because I feel like I'm too weak.. cuz like, I mean, look at other teenagers… they look fine… cuz I have a feeling that all kids are depressed… so, I think I shall not take about it seriously…. can someone give me some advice..? Idk

  8. Ahhhh i can't concentrate on watching this, hearing her talking, and hearing the music all at the same time ahhhhh

  9. Can't remember the last time I felt like I gave a shit about anything. Food barely has a fucking taste I mean like wtf 😂 kill me. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  10. I relate to 4 out of these seven, but most of the time, I hide it pretty well, enough for my mind to " enjoy " something.

  11. I am diagnosed with depression and anxiety I stopped going to the therapist and getting medications required to “help me” because it only made me feel better for only a few days till they said I needed the my daily dose was uped and just more medications just adding on to it, so I just decided to stop I did think for the longest time that I was better till I realized how emotionally numb I have become towards subject and people in my life and thing is I do feel like cutting my self or just ending it just to feel something.. I have been sent to the hospital for attempting to overdose on pills but I only got out because I realize how easy it was to convince others I was okay as well as my self I don’t even know what to do anymore

  12. I'm depressed, because I made some wrong choices in my past, and it drives me crazy only thinking about it. I'm angry at me, how could I be that stupid to do these mistakes??? Where was my mind??? 🙁
    And what makes the things worse is that I continue to make wrong choices and mistakes, and this drives me even more crazy. 🙁
    Often I wish just to go back in time, and correct these mistakes, but unfortunately that's not possible. 🙁
    And I have to live with the consequences of these wrong decisions that I made in the past. 🙁

    And no, I didn't do any crimes, just my life could've been waaaaay better if I wasn't that stupid in the past… 🙁

  13. I thought this was just normal…
    Good thing I’m seeing a therapist now. My first actual appointment with her is three days from now. (She’s my second or third. Can’t remember exactly.)
    I’ll definitely bring this up with her. I show signs of all of these, but I won’t self-diagnose.
    Also, is cutting a self-destructive way of coping? I’ve done it before and it seems to relieve some of my stress in a way. I don’t want to keep cutting myself. I’m going to eventually be diagnosed and get help somehow 💗

  14. even if most of these things aren't new to me, it still puts me low that i can't even give care to myself.

  15. people dont know that i(and alot of people)get sad because we say mean stuff to our selfs. every single small mistake turns into an insult to yourself. every time you cry, you call yourself weak, and stupid because men and boys shouldnt cry. they shouldnt express feelings. they should just deal with it. but we cant. it makes a burden on ourselfs, and makes it tougher to just do anything. your own laziness makes you not do anything. you toxic mind is just static. you just live. you feel lifeless. i am very young(not telling you cuz its personal)to go through this kind of shit. there was no trauma. i was just aware of lies, and i turned that into “everyone is lying to me” person. i was strange. i’ve gotten better, but i still feel like this. i kinda sorta blame the internet. the internet made me aware of the real world. chaos, death, famine, depression, eating disorders, malnourishment, and etc. i just feel empty. my mood swings to very happy to rude, to sad, to flat out a different person. sorry this was a bit long, just needed to vent.

  16. I genuinely don't know if I do have it or not because all the symptoms match me but again I am really young

  17. Honestly depression for me is just working because I have bills, and going home not doing shit because I don’t want to or have the motivation to do anything.

  18. Honestly I don’t know if I have it.. well I have some symptoms but I’m unsure.. I always feel numb and sad inside but when I’m with family or friends I try to act “Happy”. It all started when my grandpa and my brothers best friend died last year on the same day. Then months past by and my grandmas mom died because of cancer.. and then my cousins dad also died because of cancer. I have lost many people. And I don’t like how i look and that I can’t have better marks.. I always feel anxious and sometimes I have panick and anxiety attacks but I play like nothing is really wrong. I never told that anyone expect my grandma, that suffers from depression..
    I have the feeling that nobody really would believe me and will hate me more. I mean I really don’t know who I’m anymore. That little girl that was always happy is now a girl that hates life and wish everyday somebody could understand the pain, but nobody will understand it. Everyday I wish I was the one that got taken away instead of the people that I love..
    I’m really sorry if anything reads this and wasted their time or lost also someone that they loved !

  19. After watching this, most of these symptoms actually relate to me I’m kind of scared to talk about these things with people though, but I feel like I need to talk about them

  20. It's impossible for me to be depressed because I laugh around friends and family. I don't believe I'm depressed just over sensitive and I shouldn't feel this way, there's no reason I should because my life is fine. I'm just a lazy disgusting embarrassment to my mom is what she tells me when I lay in bed and refuse to go anywhere, eat anything, or take care of myself. How I'm feeling is invalid because nothing in my life is bad. When people tell me I'm disgusting and embarrassment to be around this doesn't make me want to help myself. Instead I feel tempted to cut myself or harm myself even more.

  21. I thought it was normal… I used to have so much fun on vacations when I was younger and now I feel numb when I go on a trip and sometimes sad.

    Now I have more fun with things like shows and just laughing on my own even though I know I’m more of an extrovert… this is wack

  22. I only find myself being really bored, tired ,and lazy but I dont want to jump to the conclusion that I'm depressed. I'm in social and that's normal. Im always vored and I feel tired even tho I dont do anything. And I'm too lazy to eat I skip meals a lot. But i dont think I'm depressed. I dont cry much I'm just feel kinda numb and lonely I guess. But is that considered depressed or am I just over thinking this?

  23. I have never been diagnosed with depression but i have watched many of your depression videos and I'm relating to them, including this one. But I'm scared to say anything, i'm scared of myself or what I might do.

  24. God……. I thought it was just because nobody knew about my depression last year and thats why im Like but i feel Like it has become a habit

  25. I feel like I can really relate to this, and it hit me like a brick. I really thought things like this was normal!

  26. Omg my dumb self while I was watching how to figure out if you have depression…: I don’t have depression I do not do all the things depressed people do ….also me watches this video “I’m worried…”

  27. I used to be very depressed, like baaad. I was scared of what I was thinking bad. It went on for years and kept getting worst until people started noticing. I moved to a place where I would be in a place where I can keep busy and be away from more toxic places and I felt my depression finally went away after a year of nursing myself back into the right state of mind. But I get those thoughts still, not as a bad as before. I have most of these, except for the overworking. I want to change myself for the better by working and taking better care of myself, but I'm absolutely terrified of anybody noticing me change AT ALL. I'll cry when they call me lazy and try and do the things they wont notice. Does anyone get this? Or know how to get out of that?

  28. I have gone through hell at home.

    My brother has suffered a severe medical trauma, and it led to him being considered a RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) child.
    My mom is stressed and has had a mental breakdown at therapy.
    My dad is gone at work almost all the time, and we still are financially somewhat uncomfortable.
    We have to pay $300ish for all our therapy weekly, and we have a boat that we have only been able to use like 5 times. Having a boat must mean we are rich, right? Nope. I’ve developed a lot of rules and coping strategies. A few are:

    – Only eat what you are given, and eat as little as possible.

    – Be as cheap as possible when my parents are buying stuff for me.

    – Put the fake smile on, and go live up to the very high expectations set for me that people unconsciously lay out.

    – Be as quiet as possible at home.

    – Stay outside whenever I can.

    – Keep even close friends somewhat distant. They can’t know what I really feel.

    – Defend my friends with my life.

    – No love or crushes or anything. They won’t like me back ever.

    – Don’t tell anyone the rules.

  29. is this why i’m being so rude to people and i can’t control my actions. i don’t want to be mean anymore but i can’t help it

  30. For me the first one is a very true one, on family parties I never really get excited anymore because in scared to hurt someone. I also always feel guilty when I make contact with people and they get hurt, I always tell myself that it's my fault. I have this one memory that I always want to forget…😔

  31. Did anyone like me get depressed because of family or because you just don’t think yourself good enough??

  32. i was called out when you said “you think gaming is normal, but really you’re running from reality”

    damn i thought playing minecraft for 26 hours was normal

  33. I can't find the root of my problem, but maybe I'm just pushing it aside so that I don't have to think about it. Yeah i'm gonna go cry now.

  34. I can't find the right doctor, medical service is very bad in my country, I had no diagnosis so I can't tell if this is my problem or not. I am feeling depressed since 2007,what should I do?

  35. I like to drink black coffee I do feel numb all the time in drinking the black coffee it gives u a boost of happiness in energy. Drinking 4 cups of black coffee a day is bad I do need help.

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