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5 Coping Mechanisms for High-Functioning Depressive Individuals

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Functionally depressed people are individuals who experience symptoms of depression but are still able to perform their day-to-day activities and responsibilities to some extent.

While they may struggle with their mental health, they can still fulfil their obligations, maintain relationships, and engage in daily tasks, even though they may find it challenging or exhausting.

Depression is a complex mental health condition that can vary in severity and impact a person’s life. While some individuals with depression may experience significant impairments in functioning, others may exhibit a high level of functionality despite their depressive symptoms.

It’s important to note that the experience of depression can differ for everyone, and each person’s ability to function can vary.

Functionally depressed individuals may develop coping mechanisms or strategies to help them navigate their daily lives. They might rely on routines, support systems, or other resources to manage their symptoms and fulfil their responsibilities.

However, it’s crucial to understand that functioning with depression does not necessarily mean the absence of suffering or the ability to enjoy life fully. These individuals may still experience emotional pain, fatigue, lack of motivation, and other symptoms associated with depression.

It’s important to encourage and support functionally depressed individuals to seek help and treatment. Depression is a treatable condition, and various approaches, such as therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and support groups, can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, you should contact a mental health professional for guidance and support.

Keeping oneself busy as a way to divert or distract from emotional pain is a common coping mechanism for many individuals. It can provide temporary relief and a sense of control over one’s emotions. Engaging in activities and staying occupied can help shift focus away from negative thoughts and feelings, at least for a while.

While keeping busy can be a helpful strategy in the short term, it is essential to recognise that it is not a long-term solution for addressing the underlying emotional pain.

Acknowledging and processing the pain rather than simply avoiding or suppressing it is crucial. Ignoring or bottling emotions can lead to further complications and may prevent healing and personal growth.

Few suggestions to consider as temporary coping mechanisms


Take the time to understand and acknowledge your emotions. Staying busy is a short-term strategy, not a substitute for addressing and processing your pain.

Healthy balance

While keeping busy, maintain a healthy balance. Allow yourself time for self-care, relaxation, and reflection. Overwhelming yourself with constant activity can lead to burnout and hinder your ability to address underlying issues.

Seek support

It is important to have a support system in place. Talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, or therapist. Sharing your feelings and experiences with others can provide emotional support and help you gain perspective.

Professional help

Consider seeking professional help from a mental health provider. They can assist you in navigating your emotions, provide appropriate guidance, and help you develop healthy coping strategies.

Self-reflection and healing

Eventually, it is essential to face and process your emotional pain. This may involve therapy, journaling, self-reflection, or other healing modalities. Working through your pain with the help of a professional can facilitate long-term healing and personal growth.

Remember, while keeping busy can provide temporary relief, addressing and processing the underlying emotional pain is crucial. Taking steps towards healing and seeking professional support can lead to long-term well-being and resilience.

Dina Relojo is the social media manager of Psychreg. She is a high school teacher from the Philippines.


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