High-Functioning Depression Isn’t Always Easy to Identify, So Here Are the Top Signs to Watch Out For (and What to Do)

7 Things Naomi Osaka Taught Us About Mental Health And Career Success

What if you outperformed your co-workers, and you received an award for best performance among your peers? Yet, outsiders booed you for outshining everyone else to the point you had to cover your face in humiliation. Then the corporate higher-ups, after being informed that you suffer from mental health challenges, demanded you face more agitation from people who pelt you with questions that create additional anxiety and depression. And when you put your foot down, the company fined you $15,000 for refusing to further traumatize yourself. Clearly, the continued abuse would cause you to leave that job, right?

It’s not accidental that some companies have higher employee engagement, morale and productivity and lower absenteeism, burnout and turnover.

Essentially that’s what happened to tennis champ Naomi Osaka, the highest paid female athlete ever. In 2018 when she defeated Serena Williams, the crowd booed her, and she was forced to cover her head in humiliation. At the 2021 French Open, despite Osaka’s bouts with depression and anxiety, Ground Slam Tournaments (GST) threatened to disqualify her for refusing to speak to the media…

High-Functioning Depression Isn’t Always Easy to Identify, So Here Are the Top Signs to Watch Out For (and What to Do)

High-functioning depression is a form of depression that refers to people who can function normally in day-to-day life while simultaneously experiencing depressive symptoms.

Depression looks a little bit different on everyone, affecting all of us in different ways. Some people feel tired all the time, spending most of the day in bed. Others engage in self-sabotaging and self-destructive behavior. In many cases, it’s clear the individual is struggling internally.

But sometimes, it’s not as obvious. For some people, depression doesn’t impact their ability to function, making it hard for loved ones to pick up on what’s going on. This is called high-functioning depression, and it’s more common than you might think…

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