Actively Depressed & High Functioning Anxiety

Actively Depressed and High Functioning Anxiety.

This is a real thing and it is happening at an alarming rate … I am hardly ever shocked but I am saddened a lot by what I am seeing and hearing in the world of health.

I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to a seminar that featured the best motivational and wellness people in the world.  As you might guess there was a Facebook group available for all that attended.  My motivation for attending is that every few weeks or so I like to tune into and listen and learn about all the good stuff… Doing that builds my compassion, gratitude and kindness muscle.

My Facebook App let me know that there were lots of comments and posts in the group following the Event. While I keep my social media down to a minimum one post jumped out at me.  I took it as sign that I was meant to read it. Here it is…

High Functioning Depression

“I’m in a slump. I need something. I’ve completely lost my motivation, my desires, my will. I’m living off of coffee in the morning and wine at night. And food. Lot’s of food. I get it together for a few weeks maybe a month and then “poof” it’s gone. Where did it go?

I’m highly educated, I know what I should be doing. I just don’t want to do it. Or I do, but then I don’t. I know how I should eat. I know how I should exercise. I know how I should find things that interest me. I just can’t. I just don’t want to. I’m on anti-depressants. I’ve switched them up several times. I’ve seen a therapist. What I think I need: someone or some group that is with me all day, everyday. Someone that can help me through the day. No judgement. Someone to help me want to keep a positive lifestyle. I’m done with Noom and Weight Watchers and all the “rah, rah!” stuff. They never seem to hit the meat of it, ya know?”

Here is the interesting thing…  50 thousand plus  women responded to this one post and said they felt the same way.  That needs to change.  Ladies we need to Bust out of the Slump!

The Hierarchy of Disease

Here is how the Slump typically starts.

Feeling Actively Depressed or having High Functioning Anxiety usually starts with a High Stress event (It can be Emotional, chemical or physical.) which can then cascade into:

High Cortisol for too long, causing inflammation in the body that disrupts Hormone Signaling. As we have discussed in past Blogs.  The Body systems are connected via network energy. When one area is not working well it affects other systems. A common network is Adrenal- Pancreas-Thyroid- Liver.

High Stress also causes High Insulin, which can lead to Blood Sugar Swings which causes further breakdown of the Network Energy system.  This leads to Gut Issues, Infections which then create Neurological and Mood challenges. If the cascade continues it leads to Autoimmune Disease and …

This process in most cases takes a while and therefore it can take a little while to recover and feel well again.  There are no quick fixes…however the human body is amazing and it can repair if given the right things in right order at the right time.

So you can see that is super important to have practices in place for daily repair and rest to help you recover and improve your resiliency.

I love this Quote :

“Every time you eat, rest, and exercise, you are making a short term investment in how you feel, a medium term investment in how you look, and a long term investment in how you perform.”

The Hierarchy of Healing: Slump Busting!

  • Lifestyle Changes : The Hardest thing to Do and stick with for everyone
  • Diet of Whole Foods:  That is right for you and your Metabolism
  • Herbs and Nutraceuticals
  • Drugs
  • Surgery

When you are in a place where you feel Actively Depressed and High Functioning Anxiety it is hard to know what is wrong, where to start, what to do when, how much and for how long.  You also need to ask for help and be ready to make change. (That is hardest thing for us to do). We have to take real action steps toward wellbeing.

That is why I recommend you engage the services a Functional Medicine Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach to help you sort out the steps, connect the dots, educate and empower you and hold you accountable when you need support.

I am here to serve.  I have In person visits available in Austin and I am also available for Virtual Visits. You can Book on line, call me, or better yet send a text. 214 8696404.

It has been a tough year even for those of us who have self care practices in place so again if you are ready to get out of the Slump let me know


Yes I did reach out to “The woman who Posted in The FB Group” and offer my help and support if she was really ready, like pissed off ready to make better choices for her self…. I will keep you posted.

My best and have a healthy week

Dr Pia