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STIGMA IS A THREAT TO YOU AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!!   “Stigma is the rejection, avoidance or fear, people direct toward those they perceive as being “different.” Mental illness attacks everyone and anyone. It affects, what makes us human: language, reasoning, and empathy. Our memory, character, the difference between self and others, their perception of what […]

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Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia is one of the most common types of schizophrenia. This usually causes psychosis of different intensity, thus causing the person to lose his mind and touch with respect to the reality.   People diagnosed with paranoia are heavily suspicious of other people. This condition can cause adverse effects in their life in terms […]

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Schizophrenia Rehabilitation

Importance on the need of Schizophrenia Rehab   Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. Characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and other cognitive difficulties, schizophrenia can often be a lifelong struggle.   People with schizophrenia have profound disabling cognitive defects. Whether positive or its negative symptoms, these cognitive deficits […]

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Effects of Party Drugs

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey, it is estimated that more than 6, 00,000 people coming under the age of 12 or older were reported in use of party drugs like ecstasy and cocaine. The survey also found that 39,000 people especially the youth between 12 and 17 years old […]

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9 things you need to know abou...

What is Marijuana? “Marijuana” is dried leaves and flower of cannabis hemp plant, which has more volume of a non-narcotic chemical called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in multiple quantities. When it is inhaled or consumed, it makes the individual feel high for few hours.   What are the other similar types of drugs like marijuana? Ecstasy, Benzodiazepines, […]

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High functioning Depression patients are hard to detect.

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High functioning Depression. Let’s Talk

When we think about depression we think about an individual who encounters persistent feelings of sadness and worthlessness and has a lack of drive and desire to engage in activities that they previous liked. Basically someone who is miserable and is a recluse. But the reality of a high functioning depressed individual is far from it. In fact they barely meet the ideal criteria of a depression. And who it baffles more are psychiatrists and clinicians.

This type of depression is known as Dysthymia or chronic depression that still allows a person to live a high-functioning life irrespective of their symptoms which may be milder than Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It may not completely cripple an individual but would not allow them to live fully and even worse may increase the risk of major depressive episodes when not sought immediate treatment.

Here are some signs of high-functioning depression:

  • They’re critical of themselves.

Individuals with high-functioning depression are more likely to be overachiever and hence may be able to still work relatively better than individuals with MDD. And while one might believe this to be a good thing in reality it could make the individual highly critical of themselves which could be unhealthy for their self esteem and self worth..

  • They are workaholics.

Because of them being overachievers they end up making their work a high priority in their lives. But being so does come with feeling misery and anguish and in fact they work against the current and flow of their being.

  • They resort to substance abuse.

Many individuals who suffer from dysthymia end up also being high-functioning substance abusers. This combination can have adverse effects on their mental health and wellbeing, families, interpersonal relationships, etc. They resort to alcohol and other drug use only as ways and means to cope with it.

  • They feel like they’re underused.

In spite of being overachievers they may feel like they still need to do more and hence give rise to them feeling worthless and hopelessness and also thoughts that they should rather die. They would probably end up switching their careers rapidly or find new hobbies on a constant.  This is because they are suffering from anhedonia or inability to find activities pleasurable.

 

It is essential to understand that although these individuals may be able to put out a tough exterior the reality of their condition is far from it and hence it is important for family members and friends of such individuals to identify these signs and help them cope with it. As family and friends you could check on them and help find professional mental help.  If you may know someone who may have high functioning depression, get them help now, call on +919611194949.

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