7 Signs You May Have High Functioning Depression


Many psychologists associate high functioning depression with persistent depressive disorder, which is a prolonged state of depression. Those with high functioning depression may not feel as helpless as those with clinical depression, but their depression does affect, tremendously, their quality of life. It minimizes their interest in everything, including social events with friends and family. High functioning depressives will go to school or work and socialize when necessary, but once they’re done with their responsibilities, they’ll withdraw themselves. Here’s 7 signs you may have high functioning depression. Number one: you’re concerned with time. Although you’re achieving your goals and completing all your tasks, you feel like you’re wasting your time. Even if you find a new hobby or job, it still feels like a fool’s errand, and you wonder if all the time you’re investing into such activities are worth it. Number 2: you constantly criticize yourself. Because you feel like you’re not achieving much, you criticize yourself. Your expectations are too high so you push yourself to the limit, affecting your state of mind. Number 3: You overthink. It doesn’t matter if a situation is big or small, you’ll find yourself overthinking it and eventually breaking down. Number 4: you feel misunderstood. Since most high functioning depressives can maintain a job, a house, and their responsibilities, people underestimate how much anguish they’re going through, minimizing their feelings simply because they don’t act like the typical depressed person. Number 5: you feel saddened. It’s normal to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re sad or numb most of the time even while participating in fun activities, you may be suffering from high functioning depression. Number 6: you have unhealthy coping strategies. Since you overwork yourself, you may lean towards drugs or alcohol to deal with stressful situations. Many high functioning depressives turn to self-destructive habits to clear their minds. Number 7: you have excessive pastimes. Along with any unhealthy coping habits you have, you may also find yourself constantly gaming or binge-watching tv series, among other things. Although these activities seem normal, the problem is you’re actually using them to escape reality. High functioning depression is difficult to notice because those who suffer from it are still able to continue with their responsibilities. Since they don’t act like the typical depressive person, they believe that they’re truly okay, but in reality it’s not okay to live life feeling numb, sad, and constantly criticizing yourself. If you do have high functioning depression, try to find the root of it. Only by doing so can you truly live happily. Have you ever experienced these symptoms or been diagnosed with high functioning depression? If so, what methods have you tried to recover from it? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to visit our website and other social media for more content. and if you’d like to support us, please check out our new Patreon account, or grab a digital magazine from our shop. Links will be in the description below. Thanks for watching!

100 thoughts on “7 Signs You May Have High Functioning Depression”

  1. Leaving a toxic work environment is a decent 1st step.
    Leaving an abusive relationship where your female companion demands everything from you and in return gives little or nothing other than more demands and/or grief over stupid little things is an amazing 1st step.

  2. Lest it need to be said again: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  3. Anyone else experiences this exact stuff and turns to being the funny person because you’d rather make folks laugh instead of bumming them out with your gunk?

  4. There are so many people in the world suffering from mental illnesses… I wonder why did God create this world, when so many of us are living in pain. Life has become a drudgery and we have stopped being alive. We are merely existing but what is the purpose of our existence?

  5. The source of my "high functioning depression". I don't have enought time accomplish the things I want and I'm constantly criticizing myslef. Also, probably I spend way too much time indulging in activities where my time could be better spent.

    This may be a perpetual disorder…

  6. there's a contradiction between the 2nd and the 7th. The first one says that the person pushes himself harder in order to get better, but in the last one says that the person loses his time with excesive pastime. You may find my opinion stupid, but Here's what I think: These situations are common and "normal" in human beins, CAUSE WE ARE FUCKED UP. That is why most people would relate to the video. Human species is evil, stupid and self harming.

  7. I have every symptom you mentioned . I’m 63 ……… Just going through the routine of life …… constantly sad but pretending to the World “ Hey ! I’m fine !”…….. However , I have to look at my gratitude for what I have and what millions don’t . That makes me cope

  8. Ya you may as well try to self-diagnose and self-treat your mental health here in the States. The mental healthcare accessibility is a nightmare. Unless you're very, very rich, expect long wait times … months, even years, to see someone once a month.

  9. Here is a video to help self-diagnose yourself.

    Also: Please don't self diagnose yourself.

    Really: Just a huge ad for betterhelp (known scam)

    Please people, just see a real life doctor and/or psychiatrist.

  10. What happens if I am happy but still depressed despite my happiness? Sugar and the internet are my coping methods and I have gotten into a really dangerous cycle. Is there anyone out there who can help me? I feel like I can't talk to anyone I know about this. I could really use some loving advice even if it is tough love!

  11. 6 out of 7. I don't work myself too hard, but I do often think, "What's the point? No one cares anyway. It means nothing in the end, and makes no difference, so what's the point?"

  12. My country doesn't divide it into clinical depression and high functioning depression. It seems like they're missing the signs in "the successful" people, who ultimately commit suicide.

  13. My reasoning is don't dig too much into why you're unhappy, I mean don't ruminate on it thinking rumination will help.
    Let your feelings occupy your mind for a while when they appear and let them dissipate when they've run their course, and combine this with meaningful activities and socialising on your own terms.

  14. >it's not ok
    This is not ok FOR YOU. You are trying to impose your norms and rules on people who, in fact, are difficult to call people – on a schizoid with Asperger Syndrome. This is not a "Homo sapiens", it is something more – it is a new race, to say the least – a species. And he has NO goals to be happy. Happy should be laying hens on the farm, pigs, cows. The new subspecies of man cannot be happy in essence.

    The main problem of "sick" people is that they listen to such "helpers". We have protected gay people. Granted rights to other minorities. But no one talks about schizoids. I think it's time for these guys to unite and DEMAND recognition as a separate race. We are different. And we do not want to have anything in common with you, "normal people."

    The War is coming.

  15. It's scary how accurate the depiction of these sign is to my personality. Just, not the "coping mechanism" though.

    I simply goes on a "Dive". And by that, I mean diving my mind into a world created by another. Whenever I read or watch a story, I "dive in" and placed myself into said world. But, instead of simply following the step of the story, my mind expand on the idea of said world.

    It's a fun thing, but it's also has the effect of "Drowning" you if you went too "deep" or stated for too long. It literally caused me to lose my sense of reality. That ain't good.

  16. i unno I just thought im introvert or doesn't really care… let's say something like squidward..everything seems dumb to me

  17. I am constantly breaking plans to avoid the typical fun activities with friends and family because just thinking of having to pretend to be happy for that long is exhausting.

  18. I just never thought anyone else would understand me because I am continually quitting jobs and hobbies because they feel fruitless. I ALWAYS overthink; especially how I am going to be able to leave a situation , how am I going to cope with whatever happens each day that I cannot control, and I over analyze my conversations with people I care about , wishing I could go back and edit them.

  19. I'm starting to think I have high-functioning depression. I've tried to tell my parents but dismiss it as me being a teen. I try to hide everything to keep others happy, and if I don't have homework or chores I'll sleep or play ArmA until I have to go to sleep. I feel like most classes are a waste of the very limited time I have on earth because they teach what I already know. I feel like I'm stuck, and my grades are falling. My parents are mad at me for it, and it just adds pressure that I have to internalize because having normal human fucking feelings isn't manly. I told people, and I was laughed at because I'm obviously lying. I can't describe how shitty it is to want to die but can't because you know it'll leave a lasting impact on family and friends. Fuck this world.

    </emotion dump>

  20. While leading a happier life is truly a good-for-you thing. This IS normal. This constant need to seek a better life is what causes your life to never be good. This is life. You feel high functioning depressed but you have good things in your life too. Live them too! This is life! This is how things go. If you sat down nitpicking things that should be the way “better” you’ll soon realise that your life will never be “happy”. Stop seeking more. Be content. Only then can you and will you be happy.

  21. Heh never knew I had this, I do socialize but mostly because of number 6. I do have neglected my room and other minor things but I do my best at work. Even my hobbies become a chore lately because I still think I need to add something because I keep thinking that I have to accomplish more to the point I become cynical and self neglected. I always thought that it was a life thing. Doesn't help that my parents forced religion on me while I am in no state to uphold that and if they find out I do all this stuff I might lose my home and family…

  22. People need to know the difference between feeling down and being depressed. Otherwise people with real problems arent taken seriously and will be left in dust.

  23. she states the obvious and doesn't really give a solution.
    in my case for me to be happy I need conversation, affection and people willing to let me be myself which is a comical affectionate guy. trouble is , most people are unwilling to be accepting like that but instead want me to be in their mood which isn't always very good.
    I guess the condition is universal.

    people should get out and throw a ball around. things they did as kids.

  24. You see its the reailty the causes depression, we all forget that reailty as we know it is maufactored, we just manufactored it to be to scary and difficult to dear with so we run….

  25. Wow i always feel there is something wrong with me… now with this video i know what's wrong, and the worst thing is i don't know what to do to solve this…

  26. I was adopted from an abusive family at the age of 4 and I got adopted and I thought it was going to be different but I still kinda of get abused and I just can’t deal with the bullies at school sometimes I feel like giving up and killing my self because I’m alone and my family hates me
    especially my mother

  27. I definitely have this but I don’t want to take any meds to fix my mood because then that makes me feel even worse about myself making it so the only way I feel like a normal is by taking drugs making me still borderline feeling down. And I try to convince myself that I’m fine 24/7 but realistically I’m not because all I do is sit inside and do absolutely nothing at 15 and have been depressed since I was about 9.

  28. There's just. No escape. There's too many ways for something to be wrong with yourself. I didnt even know this was a thing.

  29. My life in a nutshell
    -wake up (and ask myself if it's worth getting up)
    -go to work (and constantly know I'm wasting my time)
    -come home and play games or watch netflix (knowing there are better things to do)
    -sleep (or lay there thinking about how pointless my day was)
    -repeat

  30. THIS IS LIFE NOT DEPRESSION. clinically depressed people have legitimate different brain chemistry and structure….videos like this are the reason 15 year olds are on antidepressants and basically half society. It's normal to feel all these things. Build the good habits and resilience to overcome the minds NORMAL mental struggle. This shit is ridiculous. Don't put a label on yourself to make your issues easier or excusable. YOU ARE In control of your mind.

  31. 1. Nope
    2. Nope
    3. Nope
    4. Nope
    5. Nope
    6. Nope
    7. Just started X-Files at Season 1 "Dang it! I was doing so good on this list of nopes!"

  32. I think i got all those points. I tried listening to meditating or hypnosis audio, cut down works…. but the symptom will still come back and go round in a circle. Any more solution?

  33. The comment section is so cringe – this is basically click bait for every retard aged 16-24 who have 1-2 bad days and can’t deal with it. I can guarantee you that most people in the comments are just lazy sooks

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