A useful analogy for this [inability to communicate the deeper levels of depression] might be watching a film, and watching a trailer for the film. Telling someone about some of the feelings and symptoms of depression to a certain level, is like watching a film trailer; the general idea is divulged and you’ll probably get the gist of the movie. But only when you’ve watched the whole film and understood the depth of the plot will you really “get it.” Most people might be happy to watch the trailer but will not want to watch the film, due to the dark content matter.
When It Feels Like You Can’t Talk About the Darkest Parts of Depression
By Neil Rushton, Contributor, The Mighty