There are many misconceptions about what depression looks like. You might envision someone who is too distraught to get out of bed. Or you may imagine someone who isn’t able to work or do activities due to their low mood.
But, in reality, depression takes many forms and can range greatly in severeness. Sometimes, people have what’s called “functional depression.” Even if they look OK on the outside, and they seem to be functioning just fine, they may be battling issues you know nothing about.
Although “functional depression” isn’t a clinical diagnosis, for many people, it's a real problem.
This type of depression often goes undetected because when most people imagine a depressed individual, they think of someone who looks really sad or cries a lot. And while it's true that sadness and unexplained bouts of crying are common characteristics of depression, not everyone looks sad when they’re depressed.
Individuals who appear to be high-functioning may have persistent depressive disorder. Here are some of the common symptoms:
In order to qualify for a diagnosis, the symptoms must be present for two or more years. Consequently, many individuals who have these symptoms have learned to function despite them.
They might convince themselves their depression isn’t that bad:
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