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Symptoms of High Functioning Depression

Dr. Hypolite Specializes in Treating Symptoms of High Functioning Depression

Dr. Hypolite understands that high functioning depression, and depression in general, can affect anyone, regardless of their gender, race or cultural background. However, it is important to recognize that Black women may face unique challenges that contribute to their experiences with depression.

Dr. Hypolite is a double board certified, Johns Hopkins trained, Black woman psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience, and she helps Black women THRIVE! Dr. Hypolite specializes in treating high functioning depression, high functioning anxiety, and professional burnout in high achieving Black women and women of color.

In addition to Dr. Hypolite’s clinical experience and expertise, she spent nearly 10 years as an executive in corporate America, including Fortune 500 companies.  This means that Dr. Hypolite is uniquely poised to validate and deeply understand the unique experiences of high achieving Black women and BIPOC women. 

So What Are The Symptoms of High Functioning Depression?

More broadly, high functioning depression is a condition in which individuals appear to function very well in their daily lives, despite experiencing symptoms of depression. This means that people may be successful in their careers, relationships, and other activities, but they are internally struggling with symptoms of high functioning depression such as persistent feelings of low mood, sadness, and/or irritability.

Here are Some of the Signs and Symptoms of High Functioning Depression:

Does Depression Present Differently in Black Women and Women of Color?

A recent study captured what Black psychiatrists and therapists have known for years, and that is that Black women with depression often exhibit symptoms that are different from those more typically associated with depression. Black women with depression, compared to women of other backgrounds, may not show the more customary symptoms of sadness and hopelessness.

Why Do Symptoms of High Functioning Depression Often Go Unrecognized?

High Functioning depression can go unnoticed, as individuals may appear "fine" on the outside, making it challenging for others to recognize their symptoms. Oftentimes, people experiencing symptoms of high functioning depression are just that, high functioning. This means that their baseline level of functioning is so high that their depressive symptoms are often not visible to employers, families, and friends. This can lead people with high functioning depression to suffer in silence and eventually go on to develop more severe forms of depression and mental illness if left unaddressed.

Why Does High Functioning Depression Often Go Untreated?

Societal pressures, including systemic racism, discrimination, and the expectation to be strong and resilient, can contribute to the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of depression in Black women. As stated above, depression often looks different in people of color.

Additionally, cultural beliefs and the stigma that seeking help is a sign of weakness or that therapy and medications are only for "crazy" people further creates barriers to accessing mental health care. Dr. Hypolite believes it is time to shift our thinking and our approach to mental health and wellness.

Another barrier is insurance. More times than not, insurance companies will not pay for services for subclinical conditions and will require people to wait until their symptoms meet criteria for illness, that is their symptoms must cause considerable impairment, before they will pay for services. Given this, people with subclinical symptoms often go under-recognized and untreated. In some cases, people with subclinical symptoms, such as those with high functioning depression, eventually go on to develop more severe forms of clinical illness than what they would have had it been detected and treated earlier, when the symptoms were merely subclinical.

How Can Dr. Hypolite Help?

Dr. Hypolite is a preventive and integrative, Black woman psychiatrist. She differs from most psychiatrists, in that she specializes in working with clients who have subclinical depression and anxiety. She does not wait for people to develop impairing mental health illness, and she believes in intervening sooner.

Dr. Hypolite believes that it is not wise and frankly does not make sense to wait to treat depression until it gets clinical and causes significant impairment. Once impairment occurs, more costly and in many cases, higher risk treatment is needed in order to relieve symptoms. Dr. Hypolite’s services are designed with this in mind.

Dr. Hypolite understands the unique challenges that high achieving Black women face, from the pressure to be a superwoman to the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community.

Dr. Hypolite creates a safe and understanding space for Black women to heal and thrive!

Dr. Hypolite specializes in culturally specific and attuned care and support that is tailored to your unique experiences as a high achieving BIPOC woman, providing you with the tools and support to overcome obstacles and achieve optimal health and wellness.

Dr. Hypolite’s clients benefit from personalized guidance that empowers them to break free of stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression, allowing them to live lives filled with joy, purpose, and fulfillment. With Dr. Hypolite’s expert guidance, you too can unlock your true and full potential.

Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step towards your well-being.

You deserve to prioritize your mental health!

If you are ready to take control of your mental health and wellness and embark on a transformative journey towards healing and a greater sense of peace, balance, and fulfillment, click here to request a consultation!