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Depression Quotes and Sayings About Depression

These quotes on depression and depression sayings deal with different aspects of the illness. The depression quotes are set on beautiful, shareable images.

Quotes and Sayings About Depression

Depression quotes and sayings about depression can provide insight into what it's like living with depression as well as inspiration and a feeling of "someone gets it." These quotes on depression and depression sayings deal with different aspects of the illness such as grief, sadness, loneliness and other related issues. Feel free to share them on your website, blog or social page for your own enjoyment or to help others.

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Hold on to this hope: You can get better from depression.

“Hold on to this hope: You can get better from depression.”

Depression quotes are available to remind you there are treatments for depression and you're never too depressed to get better.

 

We hide to try our feelings, but we forget that our eyes speak.

"We hide to try our feelings, but we forget that our eyes speak.”

Depression makes you want to hide inside yourself. But hiding your feelings (or lack of feeling, numbness) won't help you get well.

 

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden. It is easier to say, 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken'.

"Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden. It is easier to say, 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken'.”

Sometimes, people resort to self-harm to relieve emotional pain. But there are self-harm alternatives that work. 

 

I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.

“I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.”

Giving up when you have a mental illness like depression sounds attractive in your darkest moments. But take comfort from the depression quote above and don't give up.

 

If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.

“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.”

What does cause depression? Like the depression quote infers, depression 'just is'. It is sadness that has a direct cause.

 

I have depression. But I prefer to say “I battle” depression instead of “I suffer” with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.

“I have depression. But I prefer to say “I battle” depression instead of “I suffer” with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.”

Self-help for depression is a viable method to ease the symptoms of depression. You too can 'battle' depression instead of 'suffer' from it.

 

You look happy, but you don't feel happy. That's what depression does to you.

"You look happy, but you don't feel happy. That's what depression does to you."

Did you know that forcing yourself to be happy is a warning sign of depression? Talk about your feelings. Don't force that smile.

 

Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.

"Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” 

Describing depression through metaphor helps others who don't have depression understand what you're going through. What does your depression feel like?

 

When you suffer from depression 'I’m tired' means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix.

“When you suffer from depression 'I’m tired' means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix.”

Depression and sleep disorders (sleeping too much, too little, or experiencing interrupted sleep) often co-occur. By performing proper sleep hygiene you can lessen the effects of depression.

 

Whenever I have a good few months and I think I’ve gotten over the worst on my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back.

“Whenever I have a good few months and I think I’ve gotten over the worst on my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back.”

Does the thought of a depression relapse frighten you? You can lessen the fear by coming up with a wellness plan to take some of the mystery of what a relapse might entail.

 

I wanted to write down exactly what I felt but somehow the paper stayed empty and I could not have described it any better.

"I wanted to write down exactly what I felt but somehow the paper stayed empty and I could not have described it any better.”

Journaling for self-care works. But sometimes, when you're depressed, it's challenging to know what to write. Why not try keeping a positivity journal? It's easy and can be as simple as a list.

 

No one realizes how strong someone with depression has to be just to do daily stuff like shower, brush hair or get out of bed.

"No one realizes how strong someone with depression has to be just to do daily stuff like shower, brush hair or get out of bed.”

Practicing self-care for your mental health can take a hit when you're depressed. Some days you may stay in bed all day. Some days you won't brush your hair. It's okay. Just do what you can and forgive yourself for what you can't.

 

Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken wings.

“Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken wings.”

A positive mental attitude can be difficult to muster when you're depressed. Some days will be just as the above depression quote says: pretty miserable. But those days won't last forever.

 

What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside.

“What people never understand is that depression isn’t about the outside; it’s about the inside.”

Depression is more than being sad over something that happened. Depression is about a brain that tells you life is horrible and gray. It comes from the inside. (See "10 Things to Help with Depression" for help.)

 

When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people would understand this.

“When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people would understand this.”

It's common to have negative thoughts when you live with mental illness. Look at these examples of negative thoughts. Are yours similar or the same?

 

Sleep just isn’t sleep anymore, it’s an escape.

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

Do you sleep to avoid the pain of depression? Lots of people do. Besides the desire to sleep, oversleeping is a symptom of depression.

 

No matter how bad things are right now. No matter how stuck you feel. No matter how many days you’ve spent crying and wishing things were different. No matter how hopeless and depressed you feel. I promise you that you won’t feel this way forever. Keep going.

“No matter how bad things are right now. No matter how stuck you feel. No matter how many days you’ve spent crying and wishing things were different. No matter how hopeless and depressed you feel. I promise you that you won’t feel this way forever. Keep going.”

Hopelessness feels horrible. It's crushing and disappointing. It can make you feel too sick to help yourself. But like all things, it will end. You will feel hopeful again!

 

I am not using my depression as an excuse. Trust me, I’d give anything to function “normally” on a day to day basis.

“I am not using my depression as an excuse. Trust me, I’d give anything to function “normally” on a day to day basis.”

If you feel like you aren't functioning normally, it could be due to depression's symptom of 'brain fog'. Keep in mind that this is only a symptom -- it will lessen in time.

 

Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there though.

“Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there though.”

The good news? Depression's cognitive dysfunction can and will wane. You will get your brain back. 

 

I miss me. The old me, the happy me, the bright me, the smiling me, the laughing me, the gone me.

“I miss me. The old me, the happy me, the bright me, the smiling me, the laughing me, the gone me.”

The loss of identity from depression is a real feeling. But, like most depression symptoms, you will find yourself again, and you will be glorious.

More Depression Quotes and Sayings

If you identified with one of the depression quotes and sayings above, keep reading. There's surely more here that will validate your experience.

“You're not a bad person for the ways you tried to kill your sadness.”

 

"It feels like everyone else is moving on with their lives while I am stuck here, in this hole that I can’t climb out of.”

 

“And something inside me just...broke...That's the only way I could describe it.”

 

“There comes a point where you no longer care if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel or not. You’re just sick of the tunnel.”

 

“When depression takes over and I can’t push through it, I have to close my door and shut the world out. It’s the only way I know how to survive.”

 

“People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is a constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again.”

 

“It all starts with not wanting to get out of bed, that’s how you know you’re getting bad again.”

 

“Depression is not the same as sadness.”

 

“Please try not to judge how someone is dealing with a pain you have never experienced.”

 

“Depression exist without you knowing it, even denying it. It is not an illusion. You don’t even know you’re in it. It takes a while before you realize it.”

 

“You don’t understand depression until you can’t stand your own presence in an empty room.”

 

“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 was whisper “I’m fine.”

 

“You will feel better than this, maybe not yet, but you will. You just keep living until you are alive again.”

 

“You smile, but you wanna cry. You talk, but you wanna be quiet. You pretend like you’re happy but you aren’t.”

 

“My body and heart weren’t made for this. I’m tired of being tired and I’m tired of being sad.”

 

"Every thought is a battle. Every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.”

 

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

 

“Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”

 

“Nobody ever tells you that emptiness weighs the most.”

 

“So you try to think of someone else you’re mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone.”

 

“It felt like this was never going to end. The world wasn’t going to stop crashing down until there was nothing left of me but dust.”

 

"Just because you think you’re worthless doesn’t make it true.”

 

"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage."

 

"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."

 

"I thought by masking the depression with silence, the feelings might disappear."

 

"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful."

 

“I want to sleep until I feel better.”

 

“Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.”

 

“I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it.”

 

“I feel so disconnected from the world, and I feel like no one even notices me or cares about me anymore.”

 

"They ask. "How are you doing?" But what they mean is "Are you over it yet?" My lips say, "Fine, thanks", but my eyes tell a different story, my heart sings a different tune, and my soul just weeps."

 

"It's so difficult to describe depression to someone who's never been there, because it's not sadness."

 

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

 

“Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore.”

 

"And I knew it was bad when I woke up in the mornings and the only thing I looked forward to was going back to bed."

 

"The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you're not."

 

"It's not the feeling of completeness I need, but the feeling of not being empty."

 

"Depression has nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad."

 

"She was drowning, but nobody saw her struggle"

 

"My silence is just another word for my pain."

 

"Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be happy with myself. I worry that if I can't be happy with myself, then nobody will ever be happy with me"

 

"Sometimes I get so sad. So sad that I completely shut down. I stare blankly at the wall and it doesn't matter what you say to me. Because at that moment. I don't exist."

 

"I miss the person I used to be."

 

"My life is just one constant battle between wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely."

 

"I'm exhausted from trying to be stronger than I feel."

 

"It's not always the tears that measure the pain. Sometimes it's the smile we fake."

 

"I want to be happy but something inside me screams that I do not deserve it."

 

"The worst kind of pain is when you're smiling just to stop the tears for falling."

 

"Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die."

 

"It's a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on."

 

"Depression is feeling like you're lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself."

 

"Sometimes just the thought of facing the day feels like broken glass in my soul."

 

"Saying "I'm tired" when you're actually sad."

 

"Depression is the overwhelming sense of numbness and the desire for anything that can help you make it from one day to the next."

 

"I'm the type of girl who smiles to make everyone's day. Even though I'm dying on the inside."

 

"I am not living. I am surviving."

 

"I hate this feeling. Like I'm here, but I'm not. Like someone cares. But they don't. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here."

 

"Sometimes you just need someone to tell you you're not as terrible as you think you are."

 

"I feel lost inside of myself."

 

"You sometimes think you want to disappear, but all you really want is to be found."

 

"I wish I could go back to a time when I could smile and it didn't take everything in me to do it."

 

"Why does everything always feel worse at night?"

 

"I define depression as a comparison of your current reality to a fantasy about how you wish your life would be."

 

"Depression makes you isolated. It's very hard to think of other people when you're wrapped in a prickly blanket of sadness and all you can think about is your own pain."

 

"I'm not sure if I'm depressed. I mean, I'm not sad, but I'm not exactly happy either. I can laugh and joke and smile during the day, but sometimes when I'm alone at night I forget how to feel."

 

"The worst kind of sad is not being able to explain why."

 

"Crying is how your heart speaks when your lips can't explain the pain you feel."

 

"You hate when people see you cry because you want to be that strong girl. At the same time, though, you hate how nobody notices how torn apart and broken you are."

 

"She says she's fine but she's going insane. She says she feels good but she's in a lot of pain. She says it's nothing but it's really a lot. she says she's okay. but really she's not."

 

"It's hard to answer the question "What's wrong?" when nothing's right."

 

"That feeling when you're not necessarily sad, but you just feel really empty."

 

"And then suddenly I became sad for no reason at all."

 

"That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key."

 

"When you have depression simply existing is a full time job."

 

"Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."

 

"When you are happy, you enjoy the music. but when you are sad, you understand the lyrics."

 

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved."

 

"Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens."

 

"Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed."

 

"Depression is a flaw in chemistry not character."

 

"There's nothing more depressing than having it all and still feeling sad."

 

"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion."

 

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."

 

"Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance."

 

"People don't die from suicide, they die from sadness."

 

"She hurts and she cries. But you can't see the depression in her eyes. Because she just smiles..."

 

"Depression and I are old friends but I do not court his company."

 

"In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression."

 

"Sometimes i'm sad and tired and miserable for not reason at all."

 

"What is depression like? It's like drowning. Except you can see everyone around you breathing."

 

"I wish I could go back to a time when i could smile and it didn't take everything in me to do it"

 

"I am living in a nightmare, from which from time to time I wake in sleep."

 

"My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known—no wonder, then, that I return the love."

 

"So you try to think of someone else you're mad at, and the unavoidable answer pops into your little warped brain: everyone."

 

"Because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air."

 

"I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I've had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted."

 

"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful"

 

"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."

 

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad."

 

"I'll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does."

 

"When you're surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you're by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don't feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you're really alone."

 

"When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person's body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings."

 

"During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?"

 

"The teacher wonders but she doesn't ask, it´s hard to see the pain behind the mas. Bearing the burden of a secret storm. sometimes she wishes she was never born."

 

"All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you'll be quite a lot!"

 

"The same girl who smiles and talks non-stop is the same one who cries herself to sleep at night."

 

"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it."

 

"Can you reclaim that free-girl smile, or is it like virginity- once you lose it, that's it?"

 

"Maybe she laughs and maybe she cries, and maybe you would be surprised at everything she keeps inside."

 

"When I cry about one thing, I end up crying about everything that's messed up in my life."

 

"I wish it would rain all day, maybe that would make the pain go away."

 

"I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I've had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted."

 

"I don't want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can't even see it, something that's drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead."

 

"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful."

 

"Some friends don't understand this. They don't understand how desperate I am to have someone say, I love you and I support you just the way you are because you're wonderful just the way you are. They don't understand that I can't remember anyone ever saying that to me. I am so demanding and difficult for my friends because I want to crumble and fall apart before them so that they will love me even though I am no fun, lying in bed, crying all the time, not moving. Depression is all about If you loved me you would."

 

"I want to tell you how to help me. I want you to tell me what I need. I wish I could."

 

"Depressed people often stick pins into their own life rafts."

 

"All your quirks and all your problems - even your depressions and your failures - that's what makes you you."

 

"There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer."

 

"I am so demanding and difficult for my friends because I want to crumble and fall apart before them so that they will love me even though I am no fun, lying in bed, crying all the time, not moving. Depression is all about If you loved me you would."

 

"That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end."

 

"The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence."

 

"There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds."

 

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."

 

"They flank me – Depression on my left, loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show their badges. I know these guys very well."

 

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."

APA Reference
Gluck, S. (2013, January 29). Depression Quotes and Sayings About Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 3 from https://www.healthyplace.com/insight/quotes/depression-quotes-and-sayings-about-depression

Last Updated: April 2, 2020
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