Question: “I suffer from depression (ENFP) and was wondering about how that translates to functions. I understand if you don’t know much about depression and can’t answer the question, but I just wondered.”
Answer: No matter your MBTI type, depression is always a highly emotional experience, so that ought to clear up the myth that T-types can’t be depressed.
Function-wise, depression tends to lock people into their introverted functions (this applies more to clinical depression than acute depression). As an ENFP, you’re likely going to lock yourself into your Fi and Si functions. Depending on the intensity of your depression, as well a your ability to control it (here, the word control is subjective), you may also end up suppressing your extroverted functions entirely.
All types manifest their introverted functions through an extroverted function. You, as an ENFP manifest your Fi through your NeTe. This means that the moment you start suppressing your extroverted functions, you disconnect yourself from the rest of the world.
For my Fe readers wondering about depression, your difficulties will be different. Fe users have the advantage of easily going to friends and verbally venting their feelings (after which they will feel a lot better). This makes them prime candidates for counselling, whereas Fi users will be more reluctant to enter counselling.
On the downside, Fe users aren’t quite as good at understanding and putting a name to their emotions. They may end up not noticing that they’re depressed at all, and end up taking out their feelings on other people, so be aware of that.
Fi users have the disadvantage of not being able to vent to other people. For this reason, I do think that Fi depression is more intense, lonely and difficult to cope with than Fe depression. My advice to you is to make sure you’re using your extroverted functions to let your feelings out, rather than continually internalising your emotions.
Use your Ne creativity to vent, be it through art, music, writing etc. Oh, and look up Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech right now.
In terms of which types seem not prone to long-term depression —there seems to be the biggest correlation between depression and N-types, particularly NPs, but it can affect anyone