I had never heard of this term before. My friend, Bonnie, sent me an article with this title asking me, “sound familiar?”. It was me. Totally me. Google “high-functioning anxiety” or “high-functioning depression” – that’s been me my whole life, until a year ago, when I hit the brick wall and became nonfunctioning! But now I’m back to, well, “functioning”.
The perfect description of having high functioning anxiety/depression is that commercial for Rexulti (which I take).
You present this persona of someone who is OK, but you’re not. I wasn’t “just sad”, I wasn’t “just nervous”. The ones who knew I was not OK were my husband, my kids, my doctor, and my closest of friends (well, and my poor therapist). Most of my friends saw my ubiquitous smiley face I presented but thought I was just a little cooky and worried a lot. I am both of those latter two!
Interestingly enough, if you followed my blog/book from years ago, I had intractable migraines. My internist and neurologist both said, “which came first, the migraine or the depression? ” After talking with my new psychiatrist, the depression and anxiety have been there all along. So the migraines are part of my depression, I guess.
The migraines are good now! I only get them about, five, six times a month now, and my “rescue drugs” help, along with my two preventative drugs I take daily for them. It’s all so weird – don’t you think I should donate my brain to science when I’m finally gone? What a hey day those scientists would have in their lab!
My friend told me May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So here ya go. I’m educating you.
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