You likely have an image in your head as to what someone with depression looks like. Maybe they're struggling to get out of bed, not taking care of themselves, or spending time alone. You wouldn't necessarily be wrong, as those can be signs of depression, but high-functioning depression, like other high-functioning conditions, doesn't often resemble the picture in your mind's eye all that closely. There are, however, signs you have high-functioning depression, which you may want to keep an eye out.
High-functioning depression is often hiding in plain sight. It's possible you don't even realize you have the condition, because you don't think you look like that image of depression that you summoned in your head. "People with high-functioning depression don't often exhibit the same impairment as people with major depression, so it's hard for others to recognize that they're depressed," licensed clinical social worker Sepideh Saremi tells Romper in an email. "They're usually able to perform just fine at work and school, and can maintain friendships. But they are still struggling with feelings of hopelessness and low mood, and it can be just as distressing as major depression."
If these signs of high-functioning depression look familiar to you, talk to a qualified therapist, counselor, or healthcare professional. They will be able to help you with your depression or refer you to someone else who can. Whether it's full-blown clinical depression or sneaky high-functioning depression, always remember that you're not alone.