ok so in the beginning of my story my main character is very unhappy with her life. She feels disconnected from the world around her ( mainly because she's actually from an alternate reality but she doesn't know that yet). But she feels very unsatisfied with her life. ( i should also mention that her mother has just recently died in a mental hospital). now my main character does go back to her own reality (she gets sucked back there again her will) and from then on things happen and she eventually finds out who she is and yadda yadda yadda. but the problem i'm haveing is that when i try to write the beginning of the story i feel like it just becomes really depressing i feel like she comes off as some sort of manic depressed person. which she isn't. i want to know how you invoke a strong emotion without letting it be overpowering. what are some effective ways to introduce my character as the sad person that she is but not make her seem mentally unbalanced.