Health What Is High-Functioning Depression–and Could You Have It?

09:21  10 february  2018
09:21  10 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

Do these 6 winter health foods and supplements actually work?

  Do these 6 winter health foods and supplements actually work? From garlic to honey

What Are the Signs of ' High - Functioning ' Depression and Could You Have It ? For example, if left untreated, high - functioning depression , or dysthymia, can potentially bloom into major depression or major depressive episodes where your biological and psychological functioning is more severely

RELATED: What Is High - Functioning Anxiety– and Could You Have It ? There’s no clinical test for high - functioning depression . But primary care doctors and mental health professionals do use various screening tools to assess patients’ depressive symptoms and functioning.

What to watch next
  • Melania Trump wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Trump lied about how much he paid for Melania's engagement ring, weirdly suggesting he paid a lot less

    Trump lied about how much he paid for Melania's engagement ring, weirdly suggesting he paid a lot less

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:54
  • How fast do short track speed skaters go? The answer will blow you away

    How fast do short track speed skaters go? The answer will blow you away

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:27
  • a person posing for the camera: Omarosa just threw so much shade at Trump on

    Omarosa just threw so much shade at Trump on "Celebrity Big Brother"

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    1:14
  • Facebook is testing a

    Facebook is testing a "downvote" feature, but it's probably not what you think

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:28
  • Brody Jenner with collar shirt: Turns out Kylie Jenner's brother Brody didn't know she was pregnant either

    Turns out Kylie Jenner's brother Brody didn't know she was pregnant either

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    1:11
  • Johnny Weir smiling for the camera: Twitter thinks Johnny Weir's outfit is straight from

    Twitter thinks Johnny Weir's outfit is straight from "The Hunger Games," and the odds are definitely in his favor

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:33
  • Julianne Moore et al. taking a selfie: Julianne Moore came to Alicia Vikander's defense when a man made a crass joke about her on set

    Julianne Moore came to Alicia Vikander's defense when a man made a crass joke about her on set

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:24
  • This woman gave birth in an ER hallway, and it was caught on camera

    This woman gave birth in an ER hallway, and it was caught on camera

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:28
  • a close up of Jennifer Anne Affleck (Garner): Jennifer Garner is returning to TV after 12 years, and we've missed her so much

    Jennifer Garner is returning to TV after 12 years, and we've missed her so much

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:23
  • Sarah Jessica Parker smiling for the camera: Sarah Jessica Parker just got side bangs, and they're perfect for those of us scared of baby bangs

    Sarah Jessica Parker just got side bangs, and they're perfect for those of us scared of baby bangs

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:28
  • JOAQUIN PHOENIX wearing a suit and tie: Joaquin Phoenix might be DC's next Joker, so he should start practicing his maniacal laugh now

    Joaquin Phoenix might be DC's next Joker, so he should start practicing his maniacal laugh now

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:31
  • a person taking a selfie: So, North West is apparently Kim Kardashian’s social media manager now

    So, North West is apparently Kim Kardashian’s social media manager now

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:26
  • Mark Salling wearing a suit and tie: Mark Salling's child pornography case has been dropped following his suicide

    Mark Salling's child pornography case has been dropped following his suicide

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:23
  • a close up of SALMA HAYEK: Salma Hayek's reason for waiting so long to share her Harvey Weinstein story is too common among survivors of abuse

    Salma Hayek's reason for waiting so long to share her Harvey Weinstein story is too common among survivors of abuse

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:28
  • a close up of a person: Shannon Purser found a

    Shannon Purser found a "Justice for Barb" message on her Starbucks cup, because #neverforget

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:40
  • a person wearing a costume: Figure skater Adam Rippon says you should focus on the Olympics, not his feud with Mike Pence

    Figure skater Adam Rippon says you should focus on the Olympics, not his feud with Mike Pence

    Hello Giggles Logo
    Hello Giggles
    0:38
UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Here's what to do if you’re missing out on family, friends, or fun because you're blue or fatigued.

This story about depression is the most important thing you’ll read today

  This story about depression is the most important thing you’ll read today This story about depression is the most important thing you’ll read todayTaking to Twitter, Craig wrote about a moment in which he considered ending his own life eight years ago.

Here's what to do if you ’re missing out on family, friends, or fun because you 're blue or fatigued.

Characterizing High - Functioning Depression . Depression — the kind without any other adjectives surrounding it — can certainly feel Many, but not all, depressed people also experience changes in their sleep patterns. They might sleep for an extraordinarily long time and find it difficult to wake up.

To the outside world, you’re a productive citizen. Some might even say you’re highly successful. But when the workday is done, your internal resources are spent. You beg off dinner with friends because the best you can do is plop onto the couch or dive into bed so you’ll be ready to take on tomorrow.

That’s what life is like when you have what’s sometimes called high-functioning depression. You make do, you get by, you appear to be handling things just fine–but you’re suffering inside.

High-functioning depression isn’t a true medical diagnosis; you won’t find it listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of the mental health profession. But it is popping up on treatment center websites and health blogs as a way to characterize people with low mood, low energy, and anxiety, experts say.

Why It’s Okay To Be Sad Around The Holidays

  Why It’s Okay To Be Sad Around The Holidays No matter where you turn during the holidays, it can feel like everyone is trying to push merriment and joy your way. Sure, it's a nice sentiment. But if you're someone with depression, then all this messaging about happiness and cheer might make you feel guilty about how you actually feel on a regular basis, according to Danielle Forshee, PsyD, LCSW, a relationship therapist in New Jersey and New York."People may feel pressured to feel or present themselves to family members or friends in a way that shows they're okay," Dr. Forshee says.And, for some people, this can add a layer of pressure and stress to an already tense time.

RELATED: What Is High - Functioning Anxiety– and Could You Have It ? There’s no clinical test for high - functioning depression . But primary care doctors and mental health professionals do use various screening tools to assess patients’ depressive symptoms and functioning.

And while it may not leave you devastated and hopeless, high - functioning depression can seriously dent your quality of life, dampening your enthusiasm for work, school, family, and even social activities.

a person taking a selfie © Provided by TIME Inc.

It’s a useful term, says Johnny Williamson, MD, medical director of the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, Illinois, because it’s “readily understandable” and encompasses people who don’t necessarily fit neatly into traditional diagnostic categories.

RELATED: 10 Signs You Should See a Doctor for Depression

Most high-functioning types have dysthymia (also known as persistent depressive disorder), a low-grade depression marked by lagging energy or fatigue. These are people who are generally unhappy in life but don’t meet the definition of major depression, which is more severe. Dysthymia generally persists for two or more years. But if you have it, you probably slap on a brave face and go about your business.

Dysthymia can be difficult to diagnose because “it’s gradual and kind of sneaky,” Dr. Williamson says. He equates it to turning up the temperature in a room by one degree at a time. People often don’t recognize they have a problem until they’re sick of feeling blue all the time or until a stressful life event causes their emotions to boil over.

My sister's depressed, but she doesn't want my help: Ask Ellie

  My sister's depressed, but she doesn't want my help: Ask Ellie My younger sister has been very depressed about her boyfriend’s poor treatment of her, which ended recently with his leaving her apartment where he’d lived for four years.She’s 34 and has two kids, 13 and 11, from a previous relationship. Her boyfriend’s 26.He was a new immigrant here when they met through family. She was immediately taken with him, though he had nothing, and moved him in without rent or food money from him.But he was ambitious, went to school, got a job and got promoted. She’s got an OK job, but she’s always been needy and too giving in her relationships.She’s the dependent type, like our mother who cried for years after our father left. I’m the opposite.

It ’s true I function well. How could I ever question what I’m doing if I wasn’t actually doing it ? It ’s not genuinely clear to me what my self-standards are and how attainable they are. It comes down to this: high functioning depression is making it harder to get the help I would benefit from.

This is the reality for those who have high functioning depression . They suffer in silence while doing what they need to just to get by. It carries all the same symptoms of major depression but it ’s a lot harder to spot. “Major depressive disorder relates to a combination of emotional, cognitive and

Even some people with major depression–the classic, episodic type that causes low mood or loss of interest or pleasure, among other symptoms­­–may be deemed high-functioning. They tend to be individuals with a lot of determination who are willing to endure significant symptoms without asking for help, Dr. Williamson explains.

Anthony Rothschild, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, believes people with major depression are “high-functioning” too. “They’re doctors and lawyers and judges ... and every walk of life, but they suffer,” he says. “They’re not reaching their potential.”

RELATED: What Is High-Functioning Anxiety–and Could You Have It?

There’s no clinical test for high-functioning depression. But primary care doctors and mental health professionals do use various screening tools to assess patients’ depressive symptoms and functioning. For example, your doctor may ask questions like: Are you unhappy or blue? Do you cry a lot? Do you have low energy? Do you have sleep problems?

As part of a new patient evaluation, Dr. Rothschild often poses a simple question. “I’ll say, ‘What do you do for fun?’ And if they look at me, like, Where did you come from?, then I know they might very well be suffering from depression,” he says.

Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Worries About Suffering Postpartum Depression Again

  Pregnant Chrissy Teigen Worries About Suffering Postpartum Depression Again Chrissy Teigen , who’s pregnant with a boy, admitted at the Create & Cultivate conference in L.A. on Saturday, February 25, that she’s worried about suffering postpartum depression with her new baby. Chrissy Teigen Is Slaying Her Second Pregnancy: See Her Maternity Style The supermodel, who was open about her struggles after the birth of Luna, her first child with John Legend, in April 2016, told the audience, “Do I worry about it with this little boy? I do. But I also know that I feel like when it does happen, if it does, I’m so ready for it. I have the perfect people around me for it. That’s why I really stand for a good core group of people around you.

High - functioning depression is like a chronic low-level depression , it could still last for 5 years in adults, and two years for teenagers as per Harvard School of Public Health.

Others might function well in most situations but can have a depressive episode triggered by anything. Whether it is if someone criticizes High - functioning depression is a dangerous disorder. People who struggle with this get looked over a lot and people do not realize the seriousness of it .

What qualifies as high-functioning depression is somewhat subjective, says Michael Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and co-author of Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression. He explains that people often fill three or four main roles in their lives: vocation (meaning work or school); intimate partner or spouse; parent; and friend or community member. Assessing how active you are in your roles can help a mental health professional gauge high-functioning depression, he says. “You may notice that there’s a hole in this person’s extracurricular life."

Steven Huprich, PhD, professor of psychology at University of Detroit Mercy, says there may be something in a person’s nature–“a particular type of negative self-image”–fueling his or her chronic unhappiness. “If somebody came to me and said, ‘I think I have high-functioning depression,’ chances are not only would I hear about mood symptoms, but I’d probably hear something about being kind of perfectionistic, feeling guilty a lot, feeling self-critical,” he says.

If you’re aware you’re not performing up to speed, you might also experience feelings of self-doubt, anxiety, and a loss of confidence, Dr. Williamson adds.

Relationships built for comfort may not withstand distance: Ask Ellie

  Relationships built for comfort may not withstand distance: Ask Ellie I’ve dated a man for two years, we’re both early-mid 20s. We’re monogamous, met each other’s friends and roommates, have some mutual friends.We’re between friends with benefits and boyfriend/girlfriend. I’m graduating university, he has another year. I’ve secured a job four hours away from our university. I’m unsure about having a long-distance relationship. We haven’t achieved typical “mile markers” (i.e. meeting each other’s parents/families). Also, his pessimism, especially about finishing school late (his fault) and potentially poor job prospects, can really bring me down. However, I care for him as both friend and partner. We get along, share common interests, and enjoy each other’s company.

“The drive to accomplish often sustains action and moves high - functioning individuals towards getting things done.” This means that some people who have depression may also still maintain everyday — and No, I can ’t “just get over it ”. I’ve lived with depression and anxiety for most of my adult life.

This can manifest in all facets of life, but it is especially common when it comes to “ high - functioning ” depression and anxiety in the workplace. Every time I disclose to someone I have major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, I receive some variation of, “I never would’ve known

To get our top stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Healthy Living newsletter

Unfortunately, it can be easy for people with high-functioning depression to fly under the radar because they hide their suffering well. Without support, there’s a lot of “loneliness and aloneness,” Dr. Williamson says.

But just because you’re getting by doesn’t mean you don’t need help. Since depression treatment is highly individualized, every person’s regimen will differ and may include lifestyle changes, talk therapy, and/or medication.

You might start by consulting your primary care doctor, contacting an employee assistance program, or calling a therapist. The important point, experts say, is to seek help, because depression is highly treatable.

“Where you start with treatment,” Dr. Williamson says, “is less important than the fact that you start.”

Gallery: 15 Myths and Facts About Suicide and Depression

What to watch next
  • Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Contradicting Trump, Mike Pence

    Contradicting Trump, Mike Pence "Appalled" by Rob Porter Scandal

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:43
  • a bicycle is parked near a fence: North and South Korean Athletes March Together at 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

    North and South Korean Athletes March Together at 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    1:20
  • a clock that is on display: Staff At Russian Nuclear Facility Used Supercomputer To Mine Bitcoins

    Staff At Russian Nuclear Facility Used Supercomputer To Mine Bitcoins

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    1:04
  • a person standing in front of a sign: The Deadly Flu Epidemic Sweeping The US Is Still Spreading

    The Deadly Flu Epidemic Sweeping The US Is Still Spreading

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:42
  • a close up of a man: Uber And Its New CEO Are The Big Winners Of The Waymo Trial

    Uber And Its New CEO Are The Big Winners Of The Waymo Trial

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:57
  • Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump Lawyer Slams Senator Mark Warner Over Texts With Russia Dossier Author

    Trump Lawyer Slams Senator Mark Warner Over Texts With Russia Dossier Author

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:55
  • Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump On Russian Memo

    Trump On Russian Memo

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:30
  • John F. Kelly wearing a suit and tie: Trump Reportedly Considering Replacing John Kelly over Rob Porter Domestic Abuse Scandal

    Trump Reportedly Considering Replacing John Kelly over Rob Porter Domestic Abuse Scandal

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:56
  • Terry Crews posing for the camera: Terry Crews Sexual Claim Elevated

    Terry Crews Sexual Claim Elevated

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:40
  • a man wearing a suit and tie: John Kelly To Resign?

    John Kelly To Resign?

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:51
  • a man standing next to a woman: 'Psycho' Star John Gavin Passes Away at 86

    'Psycho' Star John Gavin Passes Away at 86

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:29
  • Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Trump Ends Government Shutdown

    Trump Ends Government Shutdown

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:29
  • a man standing next to a body of water: Man Who Traveled to Watch SpaceX Launch Found Dead

    Man Who Traveled to Watch SpaceX Launch Found Dead

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:34
  • Donald J. Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump's Defends Rob Porter

    Trump's Defends Rob Porter

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:43
  • underwater view of a coral: ‘Radical Intervention’ Called For To Save Coral Reefs

    ‘Radical Intervention’ Called For To Save Coral Reefs

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:35
  • a man standing in front of a building: Ex-Cuomo Aide's Corruption Trial Takes A Turn

    Ex-Cuomo Aide's Corruption Trial Takes A Turn

    Wochit News Logo
    Wochit News
    0:31
UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD .
Brown eyes linked to higher chance of SAD They say your eyes are the window to your soul, but we never imagined that the colour of your peepers could tell you so much about your mental health...Until now, because new research has just revealed that those of us with brown eyes are much more likely to suffer from a common mood condition: seasonal affective disorder (SAD).The NHS defines SAD as a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Sufferers tend to experience symptoms, including lethargy and a persistent low mood, in the autumn and winter, when they days are shorter.

Source: http://ca.pressfrom.com/lifestyle/health/-63024-what-is-high-functioning-depression-and-could-you-have-it/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!