high functioning depression
Depression might not look like the antidepressant commercial …..stuck on the couch in a dark room…
When you are depressed, you may feel empty, sad or hopeless. We can all feel that way from time to time, but someone who is depressed feels that way every day or nearly every day. Depression makes you lose interest in activities that they would usually enjoy, and it can make you feel worthless and guilty. Many times, depression makes you want to isolate, avoid people, hermit, and sometimes, it makes you want to hurt yourself. Some people experience increased appetite, weight gain, fatigue, indecisiveness, inability to concentrate or insomnia. Now…. on the flip side some people have little or no appetite, weight loss, hypersomnia (or sleeping and napping a lot). You see, depression does not come in one size, or a box, or one trajectory.
High functioning depression can look like functioning in your daily life, but you find yourself feeling hopeless or sad and not enjoying life anymore. Having depression can make it difficult to find the motivation to tend to your everyday… and seek treatment can feel impossible…. but the first step to healing is reaching out. That can be hard. We are here….. Depression symptoms can be managed through lifestyle changes, therapy, and sometimes medication.
Symptoms of depression can be…
Loss of interest/pleasure
Change in eating patterns
Lack of concentration/slowness in activity