High Functioning Depression – Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
Depression hurts. That is the tagline from commercials that aim to help the general public understand depression. So, how is it possible that someone who is depressed would be laughing and smiling? These people can’t pull themselves out of bed and yet you are telling me that they have jobs, friends, and hobbies? Isn’t that a contradiction?
Today we are talking about Persistent Depressive Disorder which looks a little different than Major Depressive Disorder. People with Dysthymia are usually quite functional. They tend to do well in school/work, have a social life, and engage in hobbies. All while being depressed.
One of the key myths that this type of depression disproves is that depressed people are not trying to feel better. As a matter of fact, people with Dysthymia are trying very hard to do everything that society has told them leads to happiness, in order to try to feel better. The problem, people do not always know why they feel good, they just do.
If you suffer from Dysthymia or Major Depression, or if you feel down and don’t know why, seek the assistance of a psychologist. Depression is treatable. Get the help you need.
Dysthymia, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder, is a form of depression that is characterized by a consistently depressive mood that lasts two years and yet still function well in society. These people are motivated to achieve and strive to feel good, despite their internal negative mood. Here is a book about overcoming Dysthymia:Canada: http://amzn.to/2jttNEgUnited Kingdom: http://amzn.to/2juqQ6wYou can find Violet here: www.violetreveira.comAll product links are amazon affiliate links. Thanks for watching Violet's Practical Help.
Posted by Violet Reveira, Psychologist on Tuesday, December 5, 2017