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!

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. I spent an entire year like this before someone noticed that I was depressed and helped me, it was honestly the worst year of my life

  2. Believe it or not, I have all that characteristics,eventually will lead to suicide but I don't know how I can still alive till now .what I just think that , how many I've encountered in this depression, *I MUST PROTECT AND PREVENT THE PEOPLE WHO TRYING TO SUFFER JUST LIKE MINE*. Its like I maybe useless in other thing but this much I can do to save others life ^=^

  3. Believe it or not, I have all that characteristics,eventually will lead to suicide but I don't know how I can still alive till now .what I just think that , how many I've encountered in this depression, *I MUST PROTECT AND PREVENT THE PEOPLE WHO TRYING TO SUFFER JUST LIKE MINE*. Its like I maybe useless in other thing but this much I can do to save others life ^=^

  4. Can I have help from people here ? Once in a while, I do panic attacks, and I’m pretty sure I have anxiety. I have almost everything in this video, and I put my nails in my arms’ skin, and that leave little scars spots. I use that to help me cope with general feelings. But I know this isn’t self-harm, because it doesn’t bleed. There were also a 1-2 month-long moment where I could only think about death and su*cide. When I tried speaking to my mom about anxiety, she yelled : “That ISN’T anxiety, ok ?!!! You don’t know what it is !!!”. So, now, I feel like an attention-seeker for needing help, or even watching this video. And I also never told her about my bad thoughts.

  5. I can now understand why this video has so many dislikes. It can make people self-diagnose themselves. Please put the disclaimer in the video itself because some people don't read the "hidden" description.

  6. Whenever I read these “everyone has this” it makes me annoyed. These are signs, that doesn’t automatically mean that you have depression. A lot of people suffer from depression but I do feel like some of you people try to generalise depression and act like the entire world suffers from it.

  7. I've been coping like this most of my life. I'm alone and literally no one cares or wants to care. The only one I dont do is the drugs and alcohol.

  8. I'm diagnosed with high functioning depressen for now over 10 years. Earlyer this year i managed to get out of it after a suicide try. It was needed for me to break the cicle and start something new. I was in hospital for 2 months and after in a psychiatrie for 3 months. Now i got a new job a new home and a new motivation to life and i'm able to feel happy. A feeling i never felt the past 15 years. Hope everyone having this or some other sort of depression, dont give up! Start fighting for a future u want! Because its worth if❤ have a good day everyone!

  9. The root of my high functioning depression is I don't have enough money and I fail constantly at every day tasks. I don't think I am very good at my job and I don't make much to begin with. Doesn't help that I work at a nursing home. Also I am a turbo virgin. Never had sex. Most likely never will because I am a Demisexual. So I am not attracted to very many people in that way. I managed to get a girlfriend but turns out she is Asexual. She is one of the very few people who I am attracted to sexual. So yeah virgin for life. Waiting for AI and Real Dolls to get really advance… Not that I could ever afford one.

    I am taking it all one day at a time. I just have to break everything down into simple step I can complete everything day. Three big main things I need to work on is Diet, Working Out and Income. I just need to break all that down into simple step and work at the every day. Then I should be on the right track.

  10. I used to use a lot of weed but my new job does randoms all the time, now i cant get the medicine i need, cbd is great without the high but its not the same.

  11. I have tried so hard to tell my relatives about me being…like "this"… but they just say I'm in a bad mood because I didn't sleep…and I didn't sleep becuase I cry all night into my pillow…but that's never the reason I'm like this…

  12. Blah blah blah! Life’s sucks, and is tough. Little Timmy you can be whatever you want when you grow up! That’s bullshit!

  13. This has been me for the last 2.5 years of high school but i recently pushed through it i think. I pray for anyone going through this.

  14. There are some relevant points but the majority of this video is generalized to just about everyone, it blurs the line between actual depression and life. This is just a slimy attempt to make a viral video because it pries on people's everyday insecurities smh, don't listen to this bs

  15. Iv been diagnosed and still dont know what to do its really hard to live my life with the consent feeling that im not going to live up to my dads standards and his hopes and dreams while i drown myself in smoking weed and playing video games just to try and feel something.

  16. I am gifted and this is my daily life except maybe for sadness which does not occur that often. I feel there is never enough time because I realize life is short. I can't help but overthinking about everything. I'm not into drugs and alcohol but am an emotional eater. I play video games and bing watch serie but also go out though. Learning watercolors helped me a lot, traveling too.

  17. If I didn't escape reality, I'd be dead..

    However, all the TV I watch us trying to bend reality even further with trans agendas and inclusion of others, wtf.. also free speech is now a literal crime for many.. Even a mistake could lead to you being ousted or jailed…

    The world is not supposed to be like this and we all can feel it…

    That's what depression is, subconsciously knowing its all wrong!

    Trust me!

  18. I got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Im in PH and therapist here are uncommon, if there is, it will be too expensive.. sooo, no help will come for me. Thanks to youtube and netflix, at least they can help me escape the thought of dying.

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