I don't have depression...well I hope I don't, but I do have anxiety and this is how I feel people look at me and think oh she's normal and I can play it off really well but they don't see the ghost of anxiety that follows me.
This is especially true when I am in the middle of a flare. I will always say "I'm fine" because I don't want anyone's pity. Also, I don't want anyone to think I am incapable. However, I do want someone to UNDERSTAND and EMPATHIZE.