35 Quotes That Perfectly Explain What Depression REALLY Feels Like

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It's not just an average case of "the blues."

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 6.7% of the American population age 18 or older is affected by depression in a given year. When someone is depressed, they may feel low, hopeless and unmotivated.

Sadness is a normal emotion to have; however, depression is much more than just feeling sad — technically, it is a mood disorder that persists for more than two weeks and interferes with a person’s daily life.

It's also one of the most common mental disorders, and it can be debilitating.

Whether it's caused by genes, hormonal changes, stress, grief, or substance abuse, depression knows no race, education level, or economic background. EVERYONE is at risk.


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If you suffer from depression, you might find it difficult to express the way you feel. Others might not understand what you are going through and might try (with good intentions) to try to cheer you up, only to end up confused as to why you are still depressed.

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There's a huge difference between feeling sad and being diagnosed with depression, so it's important to recognize the signs of each. 

Some people might not understand that telling you to “just be happy!” won’t fix your depression. When you’re going through something like depression, it can help to read something you can relate to.

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We’ve gathered the best depression quotes to help you interpret your feelings of sadness, help you determine if you need to seek help and to remind you that you are not alone in your emotions.

If you're searching for the best quotes and memes to share with the people you love (or just want to feel inspired yourself) ... look no further! From the sweetest love quotesinspirational sayings, and hilarious friendship truths, we've got you covered.

Sometimes we come off cold when really we're just sad inside.

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You're allowed to feel the way you feel.

“You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human.” ― David Mitchell

It's totally okay to feel sad, but depression is a whole other beast.

“Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” ― J.K. Rowling

Depression isn't something that just disappears after a bad night.

“If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking ” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel

Be careful to not base your decisions on how you're feeling when you're severely depressed. Seek help instead.

“Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.” ― Philip K. Dick

Someone with depression can feel happy, but the days are few and far in between.

“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” ― Aristotle

It's hard to escape depression without outside help.

“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ― Susan Sontag

Depression can make you feel like it's impossible to escape.

“I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

Sometimes the best way to deal is to take good time for yourself to work through your thoughts.

“Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” — Albert Camus

You deserve to be happy.

“You think you deserve that pain but you don't.” —​ Me and You and Everyone We Know 

Depression is not the end.

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” — James Branch Cabell

It hurts even more to experience failures when you're already depressed.

"When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.” — Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Your mentality with depression can make even the good days seem fair.

"Very jaded and tired and depressed and cross…Must fill my mind with air and light, and walk and blanket it in fog.” — Virginia Woolf

Having someone there to hold you while you're down is sometimes the best way to heal.

“Have you ever been so melancholy, that you wanted to fit in the palm of your beloved’s hand? And lie there, for fortnights, or decades, or the length of time between stars? In complete silence?” — Sarah Ruhl, Melancholy Play

Using alcohol to numb your feelings doesn't work. it makes them worse.

"I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim…” — Frida Kahlo

You'll come out of your dark days stronger than you were before.

“You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” — Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting 

Depression is feeling decades worth of tired.

"Need a whole new syntax for fatigue on days like this” — David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

It's impossible to think straight and make decisions when you're severely depressed. Keep that in mind.

"It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn't even think. That's the whole trouble. When you're feeling very depressed, you can't even think.” — J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

The nights are the hardest.

"Tonight, once more, life sinks its teeth into my heart.” — Simone de Beauvoir

It can feel like your pain doesn't have a reason, which makes it harder to heal something that had no beginning.

"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Sometimes the first step to battling your depression is to find yourself.

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

It's okay to cry.

I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are evil. — J.R.R. Tolkien

Expressing yourself while you're depressed can seem damn near impossible.
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"I wanted to talk about it. Damn it. I wanted to scream. I wanted to yell. I wanted to shout about it. But all I could do was whisper, 'I'm fine.'" — Unknown

When you're depressed, your body and mind aren't in sync.
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"Depression is living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that tries to die." — Unknown

It's easy to feel hopeless, but really, you're just not thinking straight.
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"Everyone gets tired of me at some point. Then eventually they'll leave. They all do." — Unknown

Someone who is depressed can find solace in sleep.
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"Sleep just isn't sleep anymore, it's an escape." — Unknown

It can be hard to want to be social when you're unendingly sad.
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"It's a beautiful day to leave me alone." — Unknown

It's hard to see people happy when you're stuck in your own head.
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"It feels like everyone else is moving on with their lives while I am stuck here in this hold that I can't climb out of." — Unknown

It can feel frustrating to be trapped inside your own mind.
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"How do you run away from things that are in your head?" — Unknown

When you're depressed it's easy to become nostalgic of older, better times.
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"Once you're grown up you can't come back." — Peter Pan

Coping with depression takes a toll not only on your mind, but your body as well.
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"I'm exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel."  — Unknown

Sometimes you just want people to notice and help you without having to ask - but that's a lot to ask.
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"I want you to know but I don't want to tell you." — Unknown

Just because you wear a smile in public doesn't mean you're not sad inside.
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"Have you ever been so close to crying but you smile anyways?" — Unknown

When you're depressed, it's easy to think no one cares. But it's simply not true.
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"I've always been afraid of losing people I love. Sometimes I wonder if there is anyone out there afraid to lose me." — Unknown

Coping with depression can feel a lot like drowning.
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"The water filled my lungs I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing." — Unknown

 

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