I've been wanting to write a post about people in academia functioning well while depressed, but I'm finding it really hard for several reasons. Enough reasons that just writing about them is hard and would make a long boring post. So I've decided to give up trying to write a post but to write smaller posts with parts of my thoughts on this.
First difficulty, I'm not sure "high functioning depressive" is a thing, or if it is out there, whether it should be. The analogy is with "high functioning autism" but I think that might be a controversial term.
Somehow my working life is approximately insulated from my depression. I mean that even when I am depressed and quite badly in my own terms, where I might be saying internally "I want to kill myself" every few minutes, I can teach and write and think. On those days there's almost a sense of your game playing tricks with you. It's saying "Ok I'll let you do your job but I won't let it make you happy, and just wait till you get home, then you'll be miserable."
There's an old puzzle: do you want to be a miserable Socrates or a happy pig? I think most of the times I think about this I decide rather be a miserable Socrates. It's only just occurred to me that I should choose to reject the question's premise and be a happy Socrates!