What is depression? How does it feel? Why does it make people so miserable?
There are many different answers given to those questions. Everyone with depression experiences it a bit different. Some might say that it is like a whirlpool pulling them under while others attest to it being locked away in a pitch-dark cell. For some, the loneliness is the hardest part while others cringe from the self-loathing.
In short, there is not one answer or a simple fix for depression. However, listening to others who have experienced it can be very helpful for those who are struggling with it or have a loved one who is. You can find comfort and connection with someone who has a similar battle or come to understand the journey of a friend or family member.
Here are some great quotes that illustrate different ways people view and live with depression:
- “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.” – Author Ned Vizzini in It’s Kind of a Funny Story
- “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 the key.” – Writer and journalist Elizabeth Wurtzel in Prozac Nation
- “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. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” – Comedian, actor, writer, and activist Stephen Fry
- “Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly hopeless and abandoned by the world, you also know that few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. There is nothing I can think of that is quite as isolating as this.” – Artist and poet Giles Andreae
- “I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing inside me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.” – Writer Sylvia Plath
- “My own life was filled with so much love and joy that when depression struck, it was like a prison door slamming shut and I was being placed in an isolation cell.” – Poet Susan Polis Schutz
- “It is that absence of being able to envision that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it is a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” – Author J.K. Rowling
- “In every way that counted, I was dead inside. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and hollowing like an animal, but that was another person deep inside, another person who had no access to the lips and face and mouth and head, so on the surface I shrugged and smile and kept moving.”- Writer Neil Gaiman in Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
- “It’s a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor, never knowing when the light will go on.” – Football manager and former player Neil Lennon
- “Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” – Psychologist and writer Dorothy Rowe
What are other quotes about depression that have touched you?