being there and not there

A common aspect of depression that most people are familiar with is the struggle of going out and being able to interact with your surroundings.

What is less commonly known is that there are many people who are in a depression who are able to go out, to go to work and to socialise. Just because they are able to do those things it doesn’t mean that they are not in a depression anymore. Many depressed people live very functional lives however it is the level of enjoyment within their lives that the depression limits.

For example a depressed person may go to a party and say and do all of the ‘right things’ but actually deep down they feel unable to fully engage with their experience.