9 signs of high-functioning depressionadmin
What is high functioning depression?
When asked about the symptoms of depression, one thinks of people who cannot pull themselves together or are unable to cope with their everyday life. But not all those affected show their problems so openly, and depression does not always make itself felt in this way. A particularly atypical and therefore difficult to diagnose form of the disease is high-functioning or high-functioning depression. Affected people seem to master their everyday life without any problems, are often professionally successful and lead a good social life – they function, and at a high level. Behind it, however, are overwhelmed , hopelessness and a great inner emptiness.
High-functioning depression mostly affects women
Those women who tend towards perfectionism and have high expectations of themselves are particularly at risk: Everyday life should be as efficient, successful and error-free as possible. Fun and relaxation often make way for duties and the permanent fear of failure increases the stress level enormously – the result: mistakes creep in. The affected person is so quickly caught up in a vortex of thoughts that further intensifies the depression.
Symptoms of High Functioning Depression
Self-tests do not replace a medical diagnosis! Anyone who recognizes themselves in the symptoms described below should talk to their family doctor about it and, if necessary, seek advice on further steps.
High-functioning depression is atypical and, as mentioned, is difficult to diagnose. The disease is as diverse as those affected by it. Frequently occurring symptoms can be:
unusual sleep and eating cycles or insomnia
Increased alcohol consumption and/or misuse of pills
low self esteem
massively high demands on yourself
strong fear of failure
strong feelings of anxiety up to panic attacks
constant irritability for no apparent reason
increasing withdrawal from social activities
lack of enthusiasm
Recognizing and treating high functioning depression
The first point of contact is the general practitioner. If she cannot make the diagnosis herself, she will be referred to a psychiatric specialist, who will prescribe psychotherapy if necessary and decide whether this should be accompanied by drug treatment. This is usually only necessary if the person concerned is endangering themselves.