HIGH FUNCTIONING DEPRESSION
WHO's theme for 2017 being 'Depression: Let's Talk', let's look at a rather little known, or neglected type of it- High Functioning Depression.
A person suffering with the condition is apparently doing alright in life, many a times even excelling at things, yet there is this VOID, this sense of PURPOSELESSNESS that fills such a person's life; everything they do becomes ROBOTIC. MECHANICAL. Their emotions somehow fail to match their achievements. To make the matters even grave, these people are pros at hiding their anguish.
The worst part is, though, these people often find it hard to come to terms with the fact that they are depressed. How could a person who's got it all together from the society's point of view, bordering on the overachieving front, even; be depressed? Even people close to the person fail to understand this at times. After all, the typical depression depicted by the mainstream media often creates a horrific picture about those affected. The person finds it hard to even get out of bed.
Due to this illusion, the DILEMMA a person affected with High Functioning Depression undergoes, might become unbearable for them at times.There is a high chance such a person can take some drastic step, without even the people close to him realizing. Such insidious onset is very dangerous.
It's not something one can just 'stop sulking and get out of'! With proper support, counselling and medication, it can be a pretty manageable condition. Mental illnesses are a real thing, not a taboo.
LET'S START A DISCUSSION! As a medical professional, what is your take on mental illnesses?
Depression: Let's Talk about it.