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What Is High Functioning Depression?

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In this session, we will delve into high functioning depression and provide practical coping strategies. We will explore the impact of high functioning depression on daily life and discuss ways to manage it effectively, both personally and in the workplace. Join us for an insightful and supportive discussion. If you or someone you know may be experiencing high functioning depression, it's important to seek professional help and support.

What is High Functioning Depression?

High functioning depression, also known as persistent depressive disorder, is a form of depression that may not always be immediately apparent to others. Individuals experiencing high functioning depression often appear to be coping well in their professional and personal lives, but internally, they may struggle with persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and fatigue.

Impact on Daily Life

The impact of high functioning depression on daily life can be significant. Despite outward appearances of success and functionality, individuals experience challenges such as:

  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Persistent feelings of emptiness and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Chronic fatigue and low energy levels
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Social withdrawal and decreased productivity

Coping Strategies

Seek Professional Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of high functioning depression, seeking professional help is essential. Therapy, counseling, and, in some cases, medication prescribed by a mental health professional can provide valuable support and guidance.

Self-Care Practices

Incorporate self-care practices into your daily routine. This can include activities such as meditation, exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and ensuring adequate sleep. October's digital group sessions and assessments can provide valuable resources and support for incorporating self-care into your routine.

Create a Supportive Environment

Openly communicate with trusted friends, family members, or colleagues about what you are experiencing. Building a support network can provide emotional reassurance and understanding. You can also access October's comprehensive content about mental health for additional guidance and support.

Support in the Workplace

High functioning depression can significantly impact an individual's ability to perform optimally in the workplace. Employers can support their employees by:

  • Creating a work culture that encourages open dialogue about mental health
  • Providing access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) such as October, which offers digital group sessions and content focused on mental health
  • Offering flexibility in work schedules and workload to accommodate the individual's needs

Final Thoughts

High functioning depression can present unique challenges, but with the right support and coping strategies, individuals can effectively manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. By seeking professional help, incorporating self-care practices, and creating a supportive environment, individuals can navigate the impact of high functioning depression both personally and in the workplace.

It's important to remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and with the right support, individuals can experience positive changes in their mental well-being. If you or someone you know may be experiencing high functioning depression, remember that you do not have to face it alone. Seeking professional help and accessing supportive resources is a crucial step towards managing high functioning depression effectively.

Join us for our digital group sessions and assessments to gain further insights and support in managing high functioning depression. Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources available to help you on your journey toward improved mental well-being.

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