It's been estimated that over 350 million men, women, and children around the world suffer from depression. Living with this common mental health condition can feel isolating, but reviewing quotes about depression from noted historical figures who've experienced similar struggles may offer valuable insight.
from Mistral's Kiss
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
Depression is about as close as you get to somewhere between dead and alive, and it's the worst.Elizabeth Wurtzel
I'm too depressed to go on, You'll be sorry when I'm gone.Blink-182
I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed.Katie McGarry
Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.john green
Depression is the inability to construct a future.rollo may
Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat -- it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance.Andrew Solomon
… the best thing for being sad… is to learn something.t. h. (terence hanbury) white
Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced... It is that absence of being able to envisage 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's a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.J. K. Rowling
I'm dead on the surface, But I am screaming underneath.Coldplay
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression.theodore kaczynski
But, in fact, depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.)john green
Depression is melancholy minus its charms the animation, the fits.Susan Sontag
I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.john keats
Depression on my left, Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.Elizabeth Gilbert
Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.Andrew Solomon
Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living.Jo Nesbø
Until you've had depression I don't think you're qualified to talk about it.Geoffrey Boycott
Until you've had depression I don't think you're qualified to talk about it.
One common theme in quotes about depression is what it's like to be depressed. Although everyone experiences depression differently, there's a big difference between a clinical mental illness and simply having a bad day. Novelist Barbara Kingsolver explains, "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."
The right depression quotations can also serve to remind us to be kind to those around us, since it’s often impossible to tell when someone is struggling with a mental health crisis. Many people will keep their emotions a secret, but greet kind words and a smile with welcome relief. "Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad," said poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Finally, depression sayings remind us that help is available for those who need it. When you're struggling with depression, you don't have to suffer in silence. Author and noted psychology lecturer Andrew Solomon sums up the benefit of treatment with the humorous quote, "Living with depression is like trying to keep your balance while you dance with a goat—it is perfectly sane to prefer a partner with a better sense of balance."