While we all feel down from time to time, anyone who has ever struggled with depression can tell you that it's a whole different struggle entirely. Far beyond feeling "down in the dumps," depression can be a lingering sense of sadness or emptiness that just won't seem to lift and when it does, can strike again at any time.
Here we've collected a group of quotes that you may relate to if you or someone you love is struggling with depression.
Our hope is to reassure you that depression doesn't make you a bad or a weak person, any more than battling cancer or even the flu does. It's simply another illness that strikes without regard to age, race, or nationality, but is luckily one that there is treatment for.
Rest assured that no matter what your depression may tell you, you are far from alone. Depression affects more than 15 million Americans and a long list of people who have gone on to achieve major success despite their illness.
If you feel that you or someone you love may be battling this illness, please take advantage of the many groups out there who are waiting to help you, such as The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, National Alliance on Mental Illness, or any other support networks near you.
Though depression may be a part of your life, rest assured that there's no need for it to be your entire life. Not only can you take back control, once you do you'll find that there are so many people out there who would give anything to meet someone just like you, who not only understands what they are going through, but perhaps someday will be able to reach out and give them a helping hand.
"The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you're not."
“Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore.” - J.K. Rowling
“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.” ― C.S. Lewis
"The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it." - Katie McGarry
"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."
"That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful." - Elizabeth Wurtzel
“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.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel
"Sometimes even to live is an act of courage." - Senecea
"You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective - it just means you're human." - David Mitchell
“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.” ― Stephen Fry
“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.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel
"I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can't get away from it." - Nina Lacour
“Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” - J.K. Rowling
“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
“Nobody ever tells you that emptiness weighs the most.”
“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
Send this list on to anyone who may be battling depression to assure them that they are not alone.