If you can identify with these 15 quotes, it may be time to reach out for support.
What does it feel like to be depressed? Unfortunately, a lot of us don't know for a fact.
Depression can come in many forms, which can make it hard for many of us to recognize it. Sometimes you might know you're not acting like yourself, but oftentimes, people don't have external symptoms of depression, which is why it goes unnoticed so frequently.
According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of depression can range from small, almost unnoticable things (i.e. loss of appetite, withdrawing from friends and family, angry outbursts) to debilitating ones, like not being able to get out of bed, insomnia, or thoughts of suicide.
Whether your depression has been professionally diagnosed by a doctor or not, it can be a very scary thought to think that there really is a reason why you've been feeling "off" lately.
Even though you might feel the need to keep this information to yourself for fear of making friends and family uncomfortable, having a support system can actually help you cope with (and recover from) your depression.
Many people find it terrifying to live with the knowledge that they have depression. But you're NOT alone; not only is depression extremely common, but there are SO many resources out there to help you beyond your support system at home.
Mental Health America and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance give those who have depression a community where they can learn more about the subject, as well as connect with people who can also be a part of their support system.
There are also plenty of other resources you can find on the web that can link you to doctors, psychiatric institutes and hotline numbers that are there to help you with any questions or confusion you may have, or if you just need someone to talk to.
If you're struggling with feeling sad, or if you just don't really know how you feel, it may help read some of the statements below, so see if you can relate.
If you can identify with them, it may be time to reach out to your close friends, family, counselor, therapist or one of these other resources to help you figure out how to get (and feel) better and more positively about your life.
Your struggle is real, but you DON'T have to deal with it alone.
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"Sleep isn't just sleep. It's an escape."
"I'm living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that longs to die."
"Other people don’t care about me."
"I’m going to end up abandoned or alone."
“I'm not going to make it out of this.”
"I don't see any reason to keep trying."
"I don't really have an appetite anymore."
"It doesn't matter, I'm fine."
"I feel numb inside."
"I don't have the energy to do anything."
"I hide my real emotions so others aren't uncomfortable."
"I don't want to be a burden."
"I don't care about my interests anymore."