The 6 Signs of High Functioning Depression

The truth about high-functioning depression is that it isn’t an actual diagnosis. It’s just a more catchy term for the real diagnostic term dysthymia. You can see why they would use high-functioning depression versus dysthymia.

Dysthymia is described in the DSM as depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as indicated by either subjective account or observation by others, for at least two years.

But what this is, is a low-grade depression that lasts for a long time. I say low-grade not to mean that it’s less deserving of treatment but just to let you know that there aren’t these extreme peaks that we can see in major depressive disorder, where people feel completely debilitated and unable to do things in their everyday lives. Dysthymia is more just hangin’ around, making everything a little bit more difficult, and it can also include the presence of two or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Poor appetite or overeating
  2. Insomnia or hypersomnia
  3. Low energy or fatigue
  4. Low self-esteem poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  5. Feelings of hopelessness

So you can see how this is very similar to major depressive disorder, but just imagine it a little more manageable in your day-to-day life. Therefore, people with dysthymia may still be able to get up, and go to work or school. From the outside, they might look just fine, but inside, they’re exhausted, frustrated, and can feel terrible about their situation.

If you worry that you may be struggling with dysthymia or high-functioning depression, here are some of the most common symptoms:

The first sign or symptom is avoiding social situations.

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