A lot of depression is performative.
(Cue the outrage and the performative descriptions of great suffering. Or not, because believe me, I’ve seen this show).
One of the factors in the rise in depression in developed countries over the last couple of decades might be the social media. It’s very easy to reach large audiences, so the performance gets instant viewers.
Consequently, it’s harder for the sufferers (of this very real, terrible and also often very performative affliction) to get better. The audience is always there, and a social media premium on posting more “depression porn” is high. This is a performance that always has shades of self-righteousness, moral and physical superiority, and “how dare you!” in them, and that’s very addictive.
(Cue the “how dare yous” and “you have no idea how terribles.”)