20 Powerful Judy Garland Quotes That Describe What Depression Feels Like

Someday I’ll wake up when the clouds are far behind me…

Judy Garland is a household name. We’ve met her in St. Louis, attended her Easter Parade and followed her over the rainbow. She ushered our lives into Technicolor with her angelic voice and all-knowing worldly naivety. She was the face of our childhoods.

But there is a dark history that we don’t acknowledge about Garland — she was deeply and wildly depressed. She attempted suicide multiple times, and spent much of her life in a dark place in her mental health, imagining a world she perceived better by her absence.

Mental health wasn’t talked about during her time — it was taboo and distasteful to expose your pain in public. Sadly, Judy Garland wasn’t given the help she desperately needed, as it was looked down upon and mocked.

Garland has often said that she lived for the crowd. She knew she was adored by her fans, and would do anything for them. But she also knew the difference between adoration and love, and more than anything she craved to feel loved.

In recent years, some of Garland’s third husband, Sid Luft’s, written accounts of her depression were found after his passing. A lot of them told detailed accounts of her suicide attempts.

“What demons inhabited her soul just when life seemed so rich and productive? It was a gigantic puzzlement that she would poison herself … and that the toxic reaction to whatever she swallowed would create an impulse for self-mutilation,” He wrote in his book, Judy & I: My Life with Judy Garland.

It is unbearably sad to think that a woman who brought us so much joy spent her life in so much pain. We must remember we are lucky to live in a day and age full of people who are working hard to normalize the discussion of depression and other mental illnesses. We must continue to work hard to pay attention to our loved ones, and make sure that they get the help they need.

We can only hope that Judy Garland finally found peace as she made her way over the rainbow.

Here are some of the most powerful Judy Garland quotes about depression, and what it feels like to be depressed and sad:

1. We all need to believe in the other side of the rainbow.

“I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of …

End of the Road

By TG

3:30 in the morning
not a soul in sight.
The prisons like a ghost town
when the guards turn off the lights.

Teardrops only tattoos
there’s no crying for my sins.
I’m heading back to somewhere
I said I’ll never go again.
end of the road
end of the road

End of the road
like the end of life
you feel yourself
grow cold the
more days go by
and you say goodbye
to all you know
and so you part
end of the road.

You don’t feel like a man
when they tell you to strip down.
Open your mouth
bend over
squat, cough
and turn around.
Jumpsuit and a bedroll
and a number for your name
white, black, rich, or poor
you are treated all the same.
end of the road
end of the road

End of the road
like the end of life
you feel yourself
grow cold the
more days go by
and you say goodbye
to all you know
and so you part
end of the road.

You never really adjusted
and it shows deep in your eyes.
Doing things you’re ashamed of
just to make sure you survive.
And just like winter storms
the rain can turn to snow
and the lightning flashes
could save lives
for those at the end of the road.…

11 Linkin Park Songs That Take On A Whole New Meaning After Chester Bennington's Suicide

He shared so much raw beauty with those of us who needed it most.

The loss of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington to suicide on July 20, 2017, left a deep whole in the hearts of many — not simply because he is “yet another” famous rock star in the long list of famous rock stars who died younger than they should have (he was just 41 years old at the time), but because his music spoke to us in such uniquely direct terms about the pain he struggled with throughout his far too brief life.

Bennington, like his music, was real and raw — about life, about addiction, about his craft, and yes, about the crippling hold of depression.

I don’t know if it’s a Gen X thing, a Xennial thing, or just an adult human trying to make it through this life thing, but as magnificent as Bennington was as an artist, the lyrics of the songs he composed have a magical quality enhanced by virtue of just how brutally real they are.

In a 2009 interview with Spin, he said, “This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I’ve been going through in one way or another.”

I’d be willing to bet that at times more numerous than we can imagine over the past several decades, far more than one person found themselves saved in a moment of soul-crushing desperation when they played their favorite Linkin Park songs, took in the strength and security of Bennington’s literal and lyrical voice, and decided to stay here and “MakeChesterProud.

The depth of meaning in his words is all the more obvious now, of course.

Take a moment to look for yourself and find the messages within these excerpts from 11 of the best Linkin Park songs about depression, suicidal thoughts, addiction and even sexual abuse.

1. “Heavy” from One More Light (2017)

According to the lyrics page on Genius, this song “centers around the emotional weight of fixating on oneself… Chester Bennington said in an interview with 102.7 KIIS FM that ‘Heavy’ is a song of enlightenment, where a person takes a step back and realizes that a great deal of emotional strain is self-inflicted.”

The band shared that the lyrics were written based on their discussions amongst themselves about …

15 Best Buddha Quotes About Mental Illness & Finding Your Inner Peace

Help yourself find peace.

Finding inner peace is difficult. It’s even harder if you have a mental illness (sometimes, it can even feel impossible). But, who better than the Buddha to give you some advice on maintaining mental stability and peace? 

With these 15 best Buddha quotes, you’re likely to find something to soothe your soul (at least for a little bit) and give you a sense of peace and direction.

As someone who is clinically depressed and anxious, I have always had trouble finding peace within myself. Like many others, I have tried a lot of options to help me and my mental health. 

None of them worked quite as well as being able to take it day by day and constantly reminding myself that it is all okay… everything will be okay.


Siddhartha Gautama, also known as “The Buddha”, has a lot of wisdom that has been extremely beneficial to my everyday life. Yes, everyone knows that Buddha is an influential figure in our world, yet, not too many have delved within the insight he has to offer us. Buddha has lived infinite lives and understands that everything needs love and forgiveness. This includes yourself as well.

Religious or not, many people attempt to achieve nirvana – to any degree – by practicing Buddhism, meditation, and yoga. However, you only need the mindset to help you through the day. There are quotes that can benefit you through good times and bad. These quotes can help you center yourself.

Whether you’re in need of some perspective to keep you centered today as you struggle with a mental illness or you’re merely in need of some insightful advice; you’re sure to find something to put things in perspective below.


Here are some of my all time favorite Buddha quotes to remind you to live your best life today and everyday.


1. Think Happy Thoughts


2. Learn to Forgive

“To understand everything is to forgive everything.” —Buddha


3. Have Passion

“If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.” —Buddha


4. Negative People Are Not Worth Your Time

“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” —Buddha


5. It Is Never Too Late To Start Over

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” —Buddha


6. Think First

“Do not learn how to react learn how to respond.” —Buddha


7. 

25 Sad Quotes You Can Relate To When Life & Love Get You Down

It’s OK to be sad.

Positive thinking is important to have in your life, but it’s nearly impossible to always be happy and in a good mood.

We’re all human and sometimes life can seem overwhelming. Some days you might feel like you’re on top of the world, while other days you feel like your world is crashing down around you. Stress and anxiety are often the culprits for these emotions, but maybe you’re just mentally exhausted. Whatever the cause of your sadness, it’s important to take time for yourself to refresh and relax. Get your mind off of everything for a little bit and take a break. It’s never a good idea to overwork yourself.


If love, or the lack of it, is the cause of your sad mood, there are many things you can do to get back to your positive self. If you feel like you want to find someone and fall in love, put yourself out there and eventually the right person will come along. Love doesn’t happen overnight, so be sure to be patient and not expect to find the love of your life right away.


In the meantime, focus on spreading love to yourself and others. Show your friends and family how appreciated they are and you’ll feel their love and appreciation for you in return.

We all feel sadness. Whether it’s becasue of a breakup, a loss, or a big fight with someone you love, it’s a part of life and when things get you down, don’t let them keep you down. You can overcome any obstacle that comes in your way.

Sadness should only be a temporary feeling and if you find that you’re sad all the time and it’s keeping you from doing everyday tasks, talk to somebody you trust.

If you’re just all around feeling sad at the moment, it’s OK to wallow for a bit as long as you pick yourself up after and focus on the better things in life. 

Here are 25 sad  quotes you can relate to when love and life get you down — because life doesn’t always give you lemons.


1. When you finally let out all the emotions you were holding in.

“When a girl cries, it’s not usually over one thing. It’s built up anger and emotions that she’s been holding in for too long.” — Unknown 

2. When you wait for

 20 Depression Quotes to Show You Things are Not Hopeless

Sadness is a feeling we all experience from time to time. We probably wouldn’t know what happiness was without it. But what if the sadness won’t go away and turns into hopelessness and despair?

Editor’s Note: Struggling and feeling hopeless? You are not alone. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

According to the World Health Organization, depression is a common mental illness with more than 300 million people affected worldwide.

How depression manifests varies from person to person, but its symptoms include feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in daily activities once enjoyed, sleep and appetite changes, irritability, problems focusing, loss of energy, feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness. The more symptoms you might have, the more serious your condition might be — and it’s imperative to seek professional help.

The good news is that with help and support and adequate treatment, those symptoms can be improved.

Meanwhile, enjoy our list of depression quotes that will help you remember there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. — Fyodor Dostoevsky

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

– Helen Keller

Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.

— Madeleine L’Engle

Once you choose hope, anything is possible.

— Christopher Reeve

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results.

– Willie Nelson

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.

– Agatha Christie

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

—  St. Francis of Assisi

A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.

— Joyce Meyer

If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. ― Hippocrates

There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave

10 Hopeful Quotes For Anyone Who's Hanging On By A Thread

You are STRONG.

Everyone gets sad sometimes. But if you (or someone you love) is severely depressed, it’s more than just sad. Sometimes people get to the point of not wanting to live.

Sadly, many people turn to suicide when they feel they have no other options, but if you or someone you know is at this point, it’s time to get some outside help. Suicide is never the answer, and we want to remind you that things really do get better — even when sometimes it’s impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you have contemplated — or survived — suicide, don’t be ashamed.

You are not weak — you are STRONG.

And you WILL get through this. But sometimes getting a little help from someone that is not yourself is exactly the thing you need to keep on going, even when you don’t feel the drive to anymore.

Or if you have a loved one that’s having a tough time, or if you need just a little boost yourself, we’ve collected a few suicide prevention quotes that we hope will remind you that this is not the end of the road, and that there are better, brighter, happier things ahead of you, all the time.…

20 Strength Quotes To Motivate You When It Feels Impossible To Get Through The Day

Keep your chin up.

Have you ever had one of those days where it felt like a struggle just to get out of bed and put real clothes on? And no, I don’t mean because you’re still drunk from the night before.

I mean the kind of day that feels like it’s going to be crappy because you’ve been dealing with some difficult stuff that doesn’t seem like it’s getting better anytime soon.

Yeah, those days can knock the motivation right out of you. I have dealt with those days before and probably not in the healthiest of ways.

But sometimes, you need to call it quits and go back to bed when you’re feeling that awful.

Other times when you’re having a bad day and feeling down, you need to say, “nope, not today!” and show those dark thoughts and negative emotions who’s boss.

Of course, saying this and doing this are two different things. You could sit here and make a list of all the things you could get done today, but if you don’t actually do it, you end up feeling like a failure.


But sometimes, it isn’t as easy as just pushing through the emotions you’re feeling and coming out the other end unscathed.

These are the days when it feels like you’ve gone ten rounds with an MMA fighter emotionally.

My point is, every day is different. And a lot of the time, you’re not going to have your ideal day.

But how you handle this day can help you deal with more days in the future when you feel broken or depressed. The best way to deal with these days is with strength.


If you can find the strength to remove yourself from situations you know aren’t going to help you, or ask for help even when you know you don’t want to, then you’re already halfway to a having a better day.

It won’t be easy, but that’s what practice is for.

You don’t have to be a pro at something when you first start. If you were, you’d be flawless, and only Beyoncé is flawless… And maybe Rihanna, too.

But if you constantly practice having the strength to get through even the worst days, even if you slip every once in a while, you’ll notice a difference in your mood, yes, but also in your ability to handle the things life throws …