So much of my energy, time and skills are taken up with managing depression.
I have to predict and compensate for every episode.
I have to allow time to recover.
Sometimes it feels that I do little else with my life, or my time.
Illness can be all consuming.
The rest of the time I have to spend helping others in my family, as they also are affected by depression.
This can become your life. It is difficult to have any experiences outside of this.