So, I have depression which is more or less managed with meds. The worst thing about it, I think, is sometimes I go through periods of being very unproductive ---- this time around, for many months, I've just been able to do minimal stuff, like errand help for two of my dear relatives, and many other things have fallen by the wayside. One of these is answering email (and fugeddabout keeping up on Facebook
I want to start hacking through the literally hundreds of unanswered emails. When it's something from someone I care about (I'd say "from a friend," but what kind of friend doesn't answer an email for months? I'm a sucky friend)
how can I politely explain why I've been so remiss about keeping in contact? I don't like to use depression as an excuse ---- many people with mental illness function just fine day to day, so it sounds pretty flaky to say "I never got back to you about the invitation to your party in February because I was too out of it to read my email." And besides, I don't normally share details about my mental state with people. I've noticed that many eHellions are more comfortable being open about their mental illnesses, but traditionally I have tried to be pretty private about it.
Is there an acceptable, truthful, discreet and polite way to explain to people why I've "been away" for a while?