The Importance of Seeking Help for High-Functioning Depression
While a lot of us find ways to combat stress and anxiety, it’s a continual issue for many of us, and can lead to depression. Depression–if not addressed–can worsen gradually, much like someone turning up the volume of negative thoughts inside your head. And while some of us find it easier to rectify our symptoms, others learn to manage it.
Think you might be living with high-functioning depression? Trying to figure out WTH that means?
Spotting the Signs
You’ve heard the term high-functioning depression, or, perhaps its medical name, dysthymia, but spotting the signs can sometimes be difficult, especially in yourself.
What’s meant by high functioning? Essentially, you can think of it as struggling with the symptoms of depression while maintaining a “normal” daily life–whatever that may look like to you. All of us living with depression are “high functioning” at times though, right? I personally think of it more as mild depression, and like any case of depression, there is always a chance of it worsening and taking hold unexpectedly.
Back to the signs and symptoms:
Having difficulty experiencing things you have enjoyed in the past, self-doubt, irritability, feelings of guilt, and hopelessness are a few of the common symptoms of high functioning depression. A full list of symptoms can be found in this article from The Mighty website.
You’ll also find a much more detailed article about depression along with a free download of depression fact sheets in the following article: 5 Powerful Steps to Break the Hold of Depression
Learning Coping Strategies
It’s important to determine the best way to cope with it. First and foremost, know this: if your depression is interfering with your day-to-day activities, has become overwhelming, or you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, it’s absolutely essential to speak to a medical professional or therapist.
There are also many sites similar to themighty.com and www.meridianpsychiatricpartners.com that provide various helpful resources online. In addition, there are some simple self-help techniques that may help, depending on your individual circumstances.
It’s important to remember that regardless of what works for you,Tthere is no quick-fix for depression. Much like a healthy body, a healthy mind is maintained with healthy lifestyle habits. Experiment and be open minded to various techniques to find the right ones for you. These might include yoga, mindfulness, gratitude, or perhaps a journaling practice, whatever suits you, ensure it is part of your coping strategy toolbox.
There is NEVER Shame in Asking For Help
Not only is there absolutely NO SHAME in asking for help, it shows a tremendous amount of strength to do so. There is help available: doctors, therapists, loved ones, friends, support groups. Regardless of what type of help you seek, do your best to open up as much as possible.
No one deserves to live with depression. We are all prone to mental health struggles, but we don’t always seek the help we need. Thankfully, the stigma of mental illness and mental health, is lessening every day.
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