HIGH FUNCTIONING DEPRESSION- I dont look sick enough to get help I Bipolar Barbie


Abroad, you are highly productive, successful and motivated. You have a large group of friends, a great job and it seems that you have a determined life. But on the inside, you are gripped by low self-esteem and pressure to be perfect.

Sounds familiar?

This is the reality for those who have high functioning depression. They suffer in silence while doing what they need to survive.

More commonly, the condition is known as dysthymia or persistent depressive disorder (PDD). It carries all the same symptoms of major depression, but it is much more difficult to detect.

"Major depressive disorder is associated with a combination of emotional, cognitive and physical changes," explains psychologist Suzanne Leckie of SANE Australia.

"These may include sadness, guilt and feelings of hopelessness, problems concentrating and remembering, experiencing less pleasure in usual activities, fatigue, trouble sleeping and changes in appetite."

If I asked you to photograph and describe a depressed person, what would you imagine?

Does anyone have trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone who is calling work sick because he can not leave home? Someone who is isolated from friends and possibly sleeps 10 or 12 hours a day? Someone who can not stop crying and who feels desperate?

Or imagine a popular professional, educated in college, living in the big city with a great job, a good group of friends and a long list of compliments to his name, but who wake up every morning with a feeling of passionate anxiety ? and an internalized pressure to continue being "perfect" and "keep everything together"?

Can you imagine a successful employee of the Millennial company whom you admire for his discipline and management, but who, on the inside, is self-critical and demolishingly demanding for himself and who, after work, confronts his life with a drink or two and several hours of play?

And you imagine that smiling, competent and kind work colleague who always seems to be doing All The Things, but who secretly, inwardly feels that he is a complete failure and that time flies by and he is wasting it every day?

Let's face it: you probably do not imagine these people. And yet, each one of them could be a perfect example of someone facing what is known as "high functioning depression".

While high functioning depression does not seem to be the stereotype of depression that most of us have in our heads, this diagnosis carries significant risks if left untreated.

But the most complicated part of high functioning depression is that it is difficult to detect precisely because the people who treat it seem, from the outside, as if they were together.

This can lead to a lack of ability to self-identify (or have those around you identify you) as depressed people and, in addition, a possible resistance to seeking treatment due to the stigma surrounding the more "typical" depression. And this is a big problem.

So, in today's blog post, I want to explain what high-functioning depression really is, guide you through the 11 high-functioning signs of depression and how this can appear, explain the unique risks associated with high-functioning depression. and share more information about how you or your loved ones can get the help you need if you identify with a high functioning depression. INSTAGRAM:

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    HIGH FUNCTIONING DEPRESSION- I dont look sick enough to get help I Bipolar Barbie

    Comments 11

    1. I FEEL YOU 1000%. I'm going through the same thing. It's painful. I tend to isolate so people rarely see me when I'm going through turmoil. Some days it takes literally everything in me to complete basic daily functions.There are signs in my life of my disorder but I think people take it as arrogance, laziness or throwing a tantrum. I wish someone could really see me & understand that at times my emotions hit me like a freight train & it takes more than a pat on the back, a few words of encouragement, well meaning suggestions to recover.

    2. Im a recent sub of your channel. This particular video hit home for me. I am a sufferer of BPD and Bipolar, and I’m stuck in the middle of being able to get help, and being deemed “too well” to get it. It’s such a difficult and defeating situation. Here in the states you have to be almost dead to get any government assistance. I feel that having gone to college and holding a steady job for 8 years has worked against me; it’s like Ive been punished. I can’t work full time; haven’t in 4 years. But have been denied help. You are so very insightful and I feel blessed to have found your channel. Thanks for taking the time to do videos, it means a lot to know that someone understands!

    3. I understand this and have struggled to get any kind of relevant support .this has forced me to treat myself which has worked .

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