35 Quotes That Perfectly Explain What Depression Really Feels Like

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.

35 Quotes That Perfectly Explain What Depression Really Feels Like

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.

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.

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 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

“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 

“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

“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

“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

“Depression is living in a body that fights to survive with a mind that tries to die.” — Unknown

“Everyone gets tired of me at some point. Then eventually they’ll leave. They all do.” — Unknown

“Sleep just isn’t sleep anymore, it’s an escape.” — Unknown

“It’s a beautiful day to leave me alone.” — Unknown

“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

“How do you run away from things that are in your head?” — Unknown

“Once you’re grown up you can’t come back.” — Peter Pan

“I’m exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel.”  — Unknown

“I want you to know but I don’t want to tell you.” — Unknown

“Have you ever been so close to crying but you smile anyways?” — Unknown

“I’ve always been afraid of losing people I love. Sometimes I wonder if there is anyone out there afraid to lose me.” — Unknown

“The water filled my lungs I screamed so loud but no one heard a thing.” — Unknown

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