You're Not Alone When You Read These Famous Poems About Depression

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These poems about depression will remind you that you aren't alone.

Poems About Depression

It's hard living with depression or any other mental illness. People without a mental illness often don't understand and there are many misconceptions and stereotypes about it.

That's where these poems about depression come in. The authors of these poems all experienced depression and know what it's like to have your own brain working against you. You can relate to them, trust in their words, and know that their poems are sincere.

Sometimes when you're going through an exceptionally hard time, you just want someone to understand. I have depression and when I'm going through a depressive phase, sometimes I just need someone to listen to me without judgement Not everyone is lucky enough to have a person like that in their life, but these poems about depression do understand.

Check out these eight wonderful poems about depression. Hopefully they will make you feel less alone in the world

1. Still Life with Antidepressants by Aaron Smith

"The afternoon light lights

the room in a smudged

sheen, a foggy-eyed glow."

Read the entire poem here.

2. A Lesson by Lang Leav

3. Life is Fine by Langston Hughes

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"I went down to the river,

I set down on the bank.

I tried to think but couldn't,

So I jumped in and sank."

Read the entire poem here.

4. Balancing by Blythe Baird

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"I'm trying

to be happy

& pay attention

to the world

around me"

5. Tulips by Sylvia Plath

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" Where once a day the light slowly widens and slowly thins,

And I see myself, flat, ridiculous, a cut-paper shadow

Between the eye of the sun and the eyes of the tulips,

And I have no face, I have wanted to efface myself.

The vivid tulips eat my oxygen."

Read the entire poem here.

6. It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Worse by Joshua Marie Wilkinson

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"I'm alone on the road

with a dead phone.

The birds are flapping overhead

but there's not much light to be guided by."

7. I felt a Funeral, in my Brain by Emily Dickinson

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"I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,

And Mourners to and fro

Kept treading - treading - till it seemed

That Sense was breaking through -

And when they all were seated,

A Service, like a Drum -

Kept beating - beating - till I thought

My mind was going numb -"

Read the entire poem here.

8. Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

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"From childhood's hour I have not been

As others were—I have not seen

As others saw—I could not bring

My passions from a common spring—

From the same source I have not taken

My sorrow—I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone—"

Read the rest of the poem here.

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