We’ve made good progress in de-stigmatizing depression, but we haven’t made great strides in de-stigmatizing actually acting like you have depression – which most of us can’t help but do.
The positives are as inaccessible to us as junk food in a vending machine when you have no quarters.
We are really, truly unable to access positive feelings.
Thus, specifiers provide a means of establishing sub-categories or variations within the mood disorder diagnoses.
For example, while it seems that people most commonly use the term to express fleeting feelings of sadness or disappointment, depression is actually a chronic physical illness with symptoms that are mostly invisible.
If my boss praises me at work, trying to experience a positive emotion of pride or gratitude feels like pretending.