Student doctor shares warning signs of high-functioning depression

First-year medical student Zachery Dereniowski has taken to TikTok to share the warning signs of high-functioning depression.

Zachery – also a co-founder of Mental Health Movement which seeks to ‘mission to destigmatize and normalize conversations about mental health’ – shares videos about mental health online on a regular basis.

With nearly 825 thousand followers, his videos are pretty popular.

One which has made some significant waves details five signs of high-functioning depression in simple terms.

The five signs he highlights are:

  • ‘You can fulfil your obligations but collapse from exhaustion
  • ‘You feel like you’re constantly “faking it”
  • ‘You can be battling negative intrusive thoughts while also supporting loved ones
  • ‘You get physically sick when you take a break
  • ‘You can do what is “essential” to a high standard but neglect other things’

The video has the signs written above Zachery as he’s walking backwards down a street near the (supposedly) Sydney coastline, where the Mental Health Movement website says he’s going to university.

His bio on the website also says he is a ‘former college dropout’ who ‘learned rather quick what rock bottom felt like’.

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He also previously shared a video with four characteristics of ‘perfectly hidden depression’.

In captions on the clip, he writes that they are:

  • ‘You are highly perfectionistic, which a constant, critical inner voice of intense shame
  • ‘You intensely focus on tasks, as you often use accomplishments as a way to feel valuable
  • ‘You have an active and sincere concern about the wellbeing of others, while letting few if any into your inner world
  • ‘You have emotional difficulty in relationships BUT demonstrate significant professional success’

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