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!


  1. I think I have depression

    1:I haven't been smiling lately only when I'm around others

    2:I have been sitting on my own and liking it

    3:I was in the doctor and she noticed me playing on my phone so she told me to put it up so I did

    4:I've been playing on my phone more often

    5:even though I go to sleep early im still sleepy same for me and my siblings

    6:even though I'm with my friends and having fun I fake having fun

    7:I force my laughter to come out

    Do I have depression yes or no lets me know with your replies

  2. when you're find yourself in another way is not to be alone, You feel alone through your sadness and depression, Remember your feelings when you feel cold, just let it go, Who cares when one more light goes out like I do. that's what your friends is caring about you. when youre down yourself a trouble and you know a helping friend, That's what we think as much as we can be, Sometimes if your friend concerned about you or anyone, Pls your not alone, Call 911 or 117 for emergency. thank me later.

  3. “The Myth Of Mental Illness” by Thomas Szasz! Read his book or watch him here on YouTube. This industry has got to go!

  4. i don’t try to change angthing because it is okay . thats just how i am and someday it will be over anyways 🤷‍♂️

  5. 2, 3, 7번은 완전 나잖아 6번에 스트레스 받으면 폭식하는것도 포함 되어있는 거라면 6번도 포함이고…근데 2번은 내가 기대치가 너무 높은게 아니라 난 진짜 한참 부족해서 그런건데

  6. Wow. I'm guilty to say that I have all 7 of these… Although, the only thing that is saving me is number 7.

    Video games and Youtube are the only things helping me right now.

  7. just right now,I realized that my bipolar disorder type 2(most depression episodes) never go away,when i have better days I have high functioning depression. Thank you. I’ll talk about with my dr.

  8. I feel like this is just how life is nowadays. True first world problem. Conclusion: life is bad no matter who you are.

  9. 7 signs youre done with modern society. Is this depression or a sign you need to run away? And why is being an introvert a symptom?

  10. I’ve had high functioning depression and clinical depression. Ever since I stopped seeing my mentally unstable abusive father, my depression won’t go away. I remember getting a crush on this girl, and I hated it. Because all I thought about was how unfit I was to be a partner, and how they’ll never like me, and how I can’t even befriend them. I also had a crush on this dude a few years back, and all it did was make me remember how lonely and sad I am. Not to mention my family being concerned with me then unconcerned because they think I’m fine. It’s hell. I wish people didn’t joke about depression. I feel worthless and horrible about myself. I wish I could find the root of my problems. Since I’m a young teen, they assume there might be a chemical imbalance. But my parents refuse the idea of medication on my mental state because of my age. I’m already on other medication because of physical issues. Not to mention my counselors are upset that I took a personality quiz and Hope was my lowest attribute. Guess I’m not gonna be better anytime soon. But people saying “be positive,” isn’t helping much.

  11. tam olarak 6 madde de bana uyuyor ne yapmam gerekiyor bilmiyorum psikiyatriye başvurdum daha ilk görüşmede ilaç verip kullandıktan sonra yenide n gelmemi istedi pek içime sinmedi ilacıda kullanmadım psikoloğa başvurmak istiyorum ama görüşme ücretleri çok yüksek bu durumumla kendim baş etmeye çabalıyorum ama her şey daha da beter oluyor

  12. I don't agree with this at all. I have chronic depression and this is not depression. This is called going on with life. Just because you had a bad day and find something to indulge in or healthy binge in doesn't mean you are depressed it means you found a way to cope with your every day stress factors. That's how you deal with everyday life. No I don't think I'm wrong, that's just every day life.

    You have just of so colorfully just explained a huge crock of bullshit. There's my comment that all YouTube channels encourage its viewers to do.

  13. Thought I was just living a life. Now I feel different from people around me and explained for my series of failures.

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