Have you ever felt like you were living a double life? On the one hand, you may be feeling as though you are functioning normally on the outside, while on the inside, everything feels like it’s falling apart. If this sounds familiar, then you may be dealing with high-functioning depression. It is important to understand what high-functioning depression is and how it can be managed so that those struggling with it can find the help they need.
If you are concerned that you may have high-functioning depression, The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® offers a depression treatment center that may be able to help. Contact us at 855.773.0614 today to learn more about treatment options.
What Is High-Functioning Depression?
High-functioning depression (HFD) is a term used to describe people who are able to maintain a regular level of functioning in their daily lives—often even going above and beyond—while still experiencing symptoms of depression. This condition can be challenging to recognize because it does not typically present itself in obvious ways. Those suffering from HFD often feel overwhelmed and inadequate yet still manage to hold down jobs and maintain relationships.
Signs of High-Functioning Depression
The signs of HFD vary significantly from person to person; however, there are some common indicators that someone might be experiencing this condition. The following are some signs that could indicate high-functioning depression:
- Feeling overwhelmed or exhausted despite being able to keep up with everyday tasks
- Feeling guilty or ashamed for not “measuring up” despite accomplishing much
- Difficulty finding pleasure in activities that used to bring joy
- Losing interest in hobbies or activities once found pleasurable
- Experiencing feelings of sadness, emptiness, guilt, or shame
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Poor concentration and focus
- Low self-esteem
- Isolating oneself from friends and family
- Irritability or agitation
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach pain, etc.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for those struggling with high-functioning depression. The first step is recognizing that something isn’t right and seeking professional help. At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, we understand the unique needs of women suffering from HFD and offer a comprehensive treatment program designed specifically for them.
Our team is committed to providing a safe space where women can explore their mental health issues without fear of judgment or stigma while also addressing any underlying addiction issues they may have struggled with in the past or present day. We focus on treating both mental health disorders such as HFD as well as substance abuse issues simultaneously so our clients can heal holistically while also achieving long-term sobriety if necessary. We believe in empowering our clients through education about their conditions as well as providing them with evidence-based therapies that will help them on their individual journeys toward recovery.
Treat Your High-Functioning Depression at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®
High-functioning depression is a serious condition that affects many people each year but often goes unrecognized due to its subtlety. It is important for anyone experiencing any of these symptoms to seek out professional help immediately so they can begin the healing process sooner rather than later. At The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, we understand how difficult it can be for women struggling with HFD to reach out for help, but we want everyone to know that they do not have to suffer alone; we are here for them every step of the way! Our team specializes in treating dual diagnosis cases such as high-functioning depression and substance use issues simultaneously so our clients can achieve true healing and long-term sobriety if necessary. Contact us today by calling us at 855.773.0614 if you would like more information about our treatments for high-functioning depression.