What Is High-Functioning Depression–and Could You Have It?

Here's what to do if you’re missing out on family, friends, or fun because you're blue or fatigued.

To the outside world, you’re a productive citizen. Some might even say you’re highly successful. But when the workday is done, your internal resources are spent. You beg off dinner with friends because the best you can do is plop onto the couch or dive into bed so you’ll be ready to take on tomorrow.

That’s what life is like when you have what’s sometimes called high-functioning depression. You make do, you get by, you appear to be handling things just fine–but you’re suffering inside.

High-functioning depression isn’t a true medical diagnosis; you won’t find it listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the bible of the mental health profession. But it is popping up on treatment center websites and health blogs as a way to characterize people with low mood, low energy, and anxiety, experts say.  Read more from Karen Pallarito in Health Magazine.


Three Things Every Entrepreneur Needs To Remember When Dealing With Depression

Author Chris Myers writes in Forbes:

In the past two weeks alone, I’ve received over ten emails from people around the globe seeking advice for how to deal with the emotional roller coaster that is entrepreneurship.

With that in mind, I thought it might be an appropriate time to share an excerpt from my latest book, “Enlightened Entrepreneurship,” in the hope that it provides solace to fellow entrepreneurs who might be suffering from fear, depression, and anxiety.

Depression is a huge problem among entrepreneurs, and it's time we did something about it. I hope that sharing a few things I’ve learned along my entrepreneurial journey can help others navigate difficult situations as well.  Read More

It takes 2 minutes.

It takes 2 minutes.

Depression: 7 Powerful Tips to Help You Overcome Bad Moods

There is no health without mental health.  In the past decade, depression rates have escalated, and one in four Americans will suffer from major depression at one time in their lives.   While there is no quick fix or one-size-fits-all for overcoming depression, the following tips can help you manage depression so it does not manage you.  Read this post from Psychology Today.




13 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Studies show that making time for exercise provides some serious mental benefits. Get inspired to exercise by reading up on these unexpected ways that working out can benefit mental health, relationships and lead to a healthier and happier life overall.

Take the 2-Minute Mind Check and see where you stand on the depression scale. Then check out our resources on depression, anxiety and stress.

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Photo by Sebastian Voortman from Pexels

Overcoming Obstacles in Early Recovery: Creating a Personal Healing Plan

Depression is a common yet potentially incapacitating mental health disorder that affects over 16 million adults in the United States annually. Because of it, millions of our friends, coworkers, and loved ones suffer in silence — and sometimes even we do too. Despite its prevalence and potential severity, depression is underdiagnosed, undertreated, and underappreciated. Research has repeatedly shown that many who suffer from depression do not seek out the resources required to recover.


Depression is most commonly treated with medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. There are also alternative approaches. We recommend creating your own custom Personal Healing Plan (PHP).  It’s a way of adding focus and thought throughout your journey to recovery. Here’s how to start a Personal Healing Plan.

To begin, we recommend you start with the following 4 steps:

  1. If you have not already, take the 2 Minute Mind Check to see where you stand on the depression scale.

  2. Read the 15-Step Depression Survival Guide.

  3. Build your team of health professionals, friends, and loved ones to support and advise you in your treatment and recovery.

  4. Find a therapist via the recommendation of your physician, through your employer-provided health insurance plan, or by using (Psychology Today or the AADA.)

Remember that help and support are always available. For those seeking immediate, live assistance, San Francisco’s Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line can provide emotional support and information on mental health resources. It can be dialed at 1-855-845-7415 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Explore our Personal Healing Plan resources and take the first step in your recovery today!

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The Holiday Blues: For Some, It’s Not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

The Holiday Blues: For Some, It’s Not “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

by Ivan Hess -- For many San Francisco Bay Area employees, the forthcoming weeks are anything but wonderful. Instead, we suffer through long, last-minute lines in supermarkets and shopping malls, as our holiday fervor reaches a fever-pitch. Our December 13th event is aimed at helping folks for whom the holidays are the worst of times. Hosted by WeWork and organized by the ADAA (American Depression and Anxiety Association), NAMI-SF (National Alliance on Mental Illness-San Francisco), WeWork and Meru Health.  Hosted by WeWork Transbay (San Francisco). Free. Reserve a seat.