8 Things People with High Functioning Depression Want You To Know

8 Things People with High Functioning Depression Want You To Know

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Channel today we would like to share an
an experience by one of our writers in
siked ago about high-functioning
depression and eight things people with
high-functioning depression want you to
now let’s continue ever heard this from
a witness on TV during a news report
covering an instant tied to mental
health I didn’t know so-and-so was
depressed they seemed so normal or
overheard at work
I bet so-and-so is just claiming
depression because they want to stay
home playing games
truth is it’s entirely possible maybe
even likely that those people they’re
talking about had depression depression
is the umbrella term that covers many
different types and it doesn’t always
present the same one of the most
difficult to recognize is called high
functioning depression and it’s the
Academy Award-winning actor of the
depressive disorders since one of its
key characteristics are that the person
who has it acts like a non-disordered
the person at least on the surface like an
actor, it can even go by different names
officially known as persistent
depressive disorder or PDD and
previously dis time eeeh this masking
success can cause issues since there is
general disbelief that anything is wrong
even when we cry out for help this in
itself stems from continued lack of
knowledge surrounding mental health
issues and the stigma around it there
tends to be fear in the unknown so
although we might look like sunshine on
the outside we’re expending a Herculean
the effort to hide this storm inside we
really want you to understand us so here
are eight things we want you to know
about high functioning depression 1 we
constantly feel like we’re bluffing even
when we’re not have you ever
complimented someone for their
incredible work and their response is
always something like
I know I must have just gotten lucky or
I know you’re just being nice I just got
lucky today I guess they might be
suffering from imposter syndrome
imposter syndrome is a psychological
phenomena which make us believe we are
incompetent inadequate failures despite
solid empirical evidence showing
otherwise, we feel a little like a con
artists who are bamboozling you into
thinking we’re competent no matter how
qualified we actually are although we
find it difficult to believe our own
thoughts challenging these fallacies
when the challenge comes from another
the person it really helps outside
confirmation and sincere encouragement
helped to disprove our false beliefs too
there is rarely obvious proof of our
struggle and need for help
this lack of visible proof is what
usually has others calling us liars lazy
or drama queens
when we finally share what’s going on
inside I’m sure you can imagine how this
discourages us from ever reaching out
again the truth is living with PDD can mean
getting through the basics of everyday
lifelike work is incredibly challenging
yes we get things done but just at the
baseline’s hard for people to believe
we’re struggling since we don’t appear
to be falling apart or showing any other
overt signs simply believing us when we
ask for help and support is a massive
blessing and we are grateful 3 my good
the day might just be your normal everyday
how would an average day go
maybe you wake up on time even
though
you didn’t sleep so well and take a
shower then go to work at work you
complete the tasks you i planned
you see donuts at the office but
exercise your willpower and refuse one
because you know you want to be
healthier and if day means you go home
have dinner and calmly go to sleep
feeling productive since you’ve got work
done and you don’t feel anxious about
your life or your career does that sound
pretty boring and normal guess what
just described a rather good day for
someone with PDD please try not to be
dismissive if we seem really happy over
doing something that to you might seem
I for bad days are overwhelming and
feel impossible so reading how to average a
a good day is to someone with PDD can you
imagine what a bad day is like as shared
by one person a bad day has them feeling
guilty for wasting time with the
struggle to wake up then going to work
and having their brain gets stuck all
day in loading mode like a YouTube video
with bad Wi-Fi other things that could
happen are crying without any real
reason and just allowing many of the
struggles nearly take over for example
normally we’d struggle through our
issues and clean the house but on a day
like this, we might complete cleaning a
mug or single plate the rest is just too
much please be patient with us we’re not
stupid or lazy it might just be a bad
day 5 getting through bad days requires
massive amounts of energy even more than
usual yes on top of feeling terrible
there is a massive energy drain the
mediocre work we managed to produce on a
the bad day actually takes longer than
normal and wipes us out we also have
almost no capacity to deal with people
and our surroundings getting frustrated
very easily
everything compounds taking
exponentially more and more energy when
we’re already nearly running on empty to
use an analogy it’s like a bad night of
eating at a fancy restaurant we’re
spending so much more and the product
received is so much less and so now
we’re broke and still hungry then the
the situation worsens with food poisoning
but we still have to drive everyone home
if you see this happening we would very
much appreciate it if you took over the
driving duties
we frequently struggle to focus and are
not at the top of our game, this isn’t as
easy as telling ourselves once in a
while oh stop daydreaming we have to
constantly keep a conscious tap on our
focus not grappling with it or checking
on our focus can result in
misunderstandings and distractions that
prevent completion of anything blanking
out and staring off into the distance
becomes a regular habit if we’re not
careful please understand we’re not
ignoring you and we do think what you’re
saying is important we might just be at
the height of the internal wrestling
match 7 our average every day means
regular routines can often feel like
performing an Olympic tryout twice in a
row part of what makes living with high
functioning depression overwhelming is
the sheer exhaustion from routine
activities that most others do without
skipping a beat
we also are well aware that it shouldn’t
be that hard so now we feel like a waste
of space, we have a restricted finite
supply of energy that just isn’t being
used efficiently so when we need help
the energy required for that is often
already being drained by keeping up that
allis good
facade plus running the internal
automatic and perpetual self-criticism
the machine we’re basically asking our
energy bank to go into overdraft meaning
things like self-care and sticking to
plans are now a burden even so chances
are pretty good that we still want to
get the help we just don’t know how to go
about it and all that internal
self-criticism leads to self-doubt do we
deserve help will we really improve so
yes high functioning pretty much just
means we can hold a job and look ok it
doesn’t mean we’re at zero risks of
self-harm we would like to help
ourselves but sometimes we can’t do it
on our own
please don’t handwave us office check
fine eight we’re not weak because we
asked for or receive the help we are usually
fairly self-aware of how we’re different
and we know what is often said about us
so we also understand that when things
like this make us despair the best
the course of action is to reach out for
appropriate help reaching out isn’t a
show of weakness it shows that we are
strong enough to face and acknowledge
our shortcomings it also shows that
we’re strong enough to withstand that
scary step of opening up to others and
letting them in if you think stubborn
walled up agonizing is better
just remember hermit crabs are pretty
squishy inside so if we ask for help
please encourage us or even give an
assist we’d be super grateful so there
you have it the professional actor of
the persistent depressive disorder also
known as high functioning depression or
dysthymia just because you don’t see
what you expect doesn’t mean it doesn’t
exist we would really appreciate for you
to help and support our health can come
in many forms from therapy to religion
to intense work on self-help, there is no
singular correct method PDD sufferers
like anyone else has the right to
protect defend and enjoy their lives and
have good health this might involve
having periods of despair and stagnancy
and that’s okay your simple belief and
willingness to understand is a step in
the progress towards eliminating the
the stigma of mental health does this give
your insight into something you’ve seen
lately or someone you know does this
help explain or clarify anything you’ve
been asking yourself please feel free to
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