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.
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.
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.
We’ve gathered some relatable quotes about what depression feels like 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 quotes, inspirational sayings, and hilarious friendship truths, we've got you covered.
“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 are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human.” ― David Mitchell
“Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” ― J.K. Rowling
“If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking ” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel
“Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.” ― Philip K. Dick
“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
“Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ― Susan Sontag
“I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin
“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 think you deserve that pain but you don't.” — Me and You and Everyone We Know
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” — James Branch Cabell
"When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.” — Yann Martel, Life of Pi
"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
“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
"I drank to drown my pain, but the damned pain learned how to swim…” — Frida Kahlo
“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
"Need a whole new syntax for fatigue on days like this” — David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
"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
"Tonight, once more, life sinks its teeth into my heart.” — Simone de Beauvoir
"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
“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
I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are evil. — J.R.R. Tolkien