There are many faces of depression.

For some, depression can be so severe it’s crippling – keeping them from accomplishing day-to-day tasks. For others, getting out of bed and going through life’s motions is possible, but inwardly, they may be absorbed with a challenging set of symptoms invisible to those who know them. These individuals are considered to have high-functioning depression.

Because those suffering from this are able to function normally, the people surrounding them may not realize what they’re feeling inside. It’s important to understand, however, that this diagnosis can carry significant risks if left untreated.

Do you have a loved one who’s seemed ‘off’ lately? It might be time to reach out and talk about his or her mental health. Below, we outline feelings individuals suffering from high-functioning depression may experience – even though they don’t always show them.


Those suffering from high-functioning depression may experience a constant worry – over their past, present and future. This doubt is inescapable and much more pervasive than the normal worries most of us experience over life’s stressors.


High-functioning depression can cause insistent criticality – of oneself and of others. Those suffering from high-functioning depression are often their own worst critics, and it’s difficult to turn that criticism off.

Low energy

A lack of energy can cause a change in attitude and performance. Even though people suffering from high-functioning depression are able to get up and go through their daily routine, it doesn’t mean they don’t struggle to find the mental, emotional and physical energy to do so.

If you identify with the emotions discussed in this blog post or recognize some of the above characteristics in a friend or loved one, know that help is out there. South Bay Community Services strives to provide the proper programs, certified staff members and clinicians for the perfect combination of professional therapy and guidance. At South Bay, consumers can find the support and guidance they need the most.

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