Because depression is hard to explain.
Depression is more than feeling sad. It can impact every aspect of your life, making you unproductive, unmotivated and exhausted. Often accompanied by anxiety and anxious thoughts, depression eats away at your positivity.
That’s why metaphors describing depression as this faceless, formless monster are frequently used; it’s a real-life monster.
Forget getting up at a decent hour, preparing a healthy meal or even putting on clean clothes for the day. Depression takes over, encouraging you to bury yourself deeper and deeper into a rut from which you can’t seem to escape.
Of course, everyone experiences depression differently, according to their body and environment, but depression is becoming a huge problem for people of all ages today.
In fact, depression is considered one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), and this can severely limit people’s abilities to function and perform daily tasks. Approximately 17.3 million adults in the country have had at least one major depressive episode in 2017, and the figure only continues to rise with each passing year.
While many Americans hide their depression well when in public or even among family members and friends, depression remains a significant issue that needs to be addressed. A great way to address depression is to acknowledge it and its symptoms through quotes and personal experiences told by people with the mental illness.
Despite the common use of the word “depression,” many people may not understand how problematic the illness can be and how universal it is. By explaining how depression and anxiety really feel, you can facilitate conversation about mental health awareness.
Whether you have depression or know someone who does, these 25 quotes can help you understand more about the mental illness and how you can make a difference in people’s lives who may also be suffering from it.
1. When real life is too hard to handle.
“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
2. When you know your depression doesn’t show on the outside.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are …