High functioning depression is not a real diagnosis, it is simply more catchy than the real diagnosis term, "dysthymia". Dysthymia (also called Persistent Depressive Disorder) is described in the DSM as "depressed mood most of the day, for more days than not, as indicated by subjective account or observation by others, for at least two years" includes the presence of two or more of the following symptoms: "Lack of appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, low concentration or difficulty making decisions, feelings of hopelessness." People with dysthymia They can still get up, go to work or school, and from the outside they look good. But inside they are exhausted, frustrated and feel terrible about their situation. To know if you have high functioning depression or dysthymia problems, these are some of the most common symptoms:
Avoiding social situations: often, when we are able to strive to function in our daily lives, it does not leave extra energy to socialize. We can find ourselves canceling plans, just wanting to be alone and moving away from those we love and care for.
Feeling more irritable: when we do not feel our best, we can have little patience for the people in our lives. We can find that everyone is getting on our nerves, and we could even start fights with those we love. Observe if everything people do around them seems to be frustrating and annoying.
Are you constantly tired? Can you barely get everything you need to complete every day and feel annihilated afterwards? Are you always tired, when you used to feel that you had so much energy? It could be dysthymia
Do you fight to concentrate? Read and re-read the emails still do not know what it says. Is it difficult to focus, even watch television? Many of my clients will tell me that it is difficult for them to even follow an argument in a movie or television program, and they will have to go back to see parts of it. This can be so frustrating and make school and work much more difficult.
Are you using an unhealthy coping skill more and more? This could be drinking more alcohol, zoning in front of the TV or playing a video game, or even above or below the treatment. If you find yourself going back to old unhealthy (or even new) habits, contact someone and talk to someone. Early management of these problems allows us to find healthier coping skills to replace them more easily.
Constant worry about the past or the future: I believe that this sign occurs because anxiety and depression are close friends. Is it hard for you to fall asleep because you can not stop going over that stupid thing you said years ago? Maybe you can not sleep because you're so worried about tomorrow or next week? If you always feel that you can not control and stop those negative and worried thought cycles, it could be a high functioning depression.
WHAT CAN WE DO? If you nodded when talking about these 5 common signs, ask for help. Those with high functioning dysthymia or depression often do not receive treatment for years. Do not let it be you! The sooner we get closer and get some help, the less time we will spend feeling bad. For many people, all that is needed is conversation therapy, while others consider that medications are the most useful. Whatever helps you, be sure to speak up, reach it and get it as soon as possible. Because it can and will improve.
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