Depression is a serious thing. You can be feeling depressed thanks to a mood or physical disorder, or you can be experiencing major depressive disorder or dysthymia (mild depression). People who are not depressed have a lot of things to say about it, but the people who have lived with depression or are living with depression are often the people you want to turn to for advice. They don’t just tell you to smile and ‘get over it,’ instead, they offer some real advice or insight that may help you no matter how depression is affecting you. The following depression quotes are worth talking about!
1. Don’t Believe Everything Your Depression Tells You
One powerful video from BuzzFeed features a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to end his life. He ended up living, even though he was in incredible pain from the jump. He felt alone in the world, which is one of the reasons he decided to jump, but one of the things he says in the video is that he instantly regretted it once he jumped over the rail, and he said that other survivors have said the same thing.
Thousands of people can’t take it back, and they die once they take the leap off the bridge. Thankfully he was able to take away a few lessons from it, one being that life is not hopeless. He says that he still suffers from the depression and other illnesses that he was suffering from, but he’s learned how to cope with it, and he’s learned that recovery can happen.
The something ‘new’ in the above quote is really about searching for help. Find new ways to deal with, treat, or overcome your depression. Don’t let it get you down where you throw your hands up in the air and feel like you are never going to be able to overcome it, because that’s when you will let it overtake your life and suffer the consequences of it.
Remember, it’s a lie that depression is hopeless. You just need to find the right way to help you deal with it.
2. Fight Your Depression But Don’t Pretend It’s Not There
It’s important to understand that depression can and will affect your life negatively. According to the World Health Organization, it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In other words, it affects people’s lives in a disabling way.
Trying to deny what you feel and who you are is not going to help you or your depression. It’s not going to hide your true self, make you feel better, or give off a sense of being OK when you are not.
You are not always going to feel good when you are expected to feel good, and that awareness will help you to stop beating yourself up over not being able to be like other people want you to be or act like other people want you to act.
You may find yourself feeling good one day and down the next, and the people around you will tell you just to be like you were yesterday, not understanding that depression has its own schedule and even though you should feel good, you just don’t today. If you listen to them and beat yourself up over your change in mood, then you will just be making yourself feel worse.
As long as you are taking steps to fight your depression, don’t fight your natural moods by making yourself do things that make you miserable or try to pretend to be someone you are not. You are depressed, and that is a part of who you are right now.
3. For Those Who Don’t Understand Depression
This is one of the best depression quotes for people who just don’t feel depressed. Just because you don’t feel depressed, doesn’t mean it is not a real thing.
When someone is unable to get out of bed or has to force themselves to get out of bed, don’t just tell them to ‘snap out of it’ and enjoy life. It doesn’t work that way. If they could, they would, but if they are not feeling the motivation or the energy to do what they are supposed to do, then it’s just not easy to jump up and face life with a smile.
Telling people that they should just get over it doesn’t help, it only makes things worse. If someone doesn’t understand why they are feeling how they are feeling, then they may feel as though they have become a burden on you and their depression may become even worse, or, they may end up taking their own life.
Depression is the most common illness of people who commit suicide. It’s not a game. It’s not something that they can just snap out of. It’s not something that can be explained away. It’s something they need help for, so if you want to focus on anything, focus on that and supporting them. And, educate yourself on depression so you can help them in a way they need to be helped by you.
4. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
One of the best ways to feel depressed about yourself and your life is to tell yourself that you lack something in life. And one of the best ways to do that is to compare yourself with other people and make it seem like they are better than you or have more than you. When you would rather be someone else, or live someone else’s life, things can get pretty depressing.
Always remember that you are unique and special and have a lot to offer the world just as you are. Moreover, try to appreciate what you have and where you are in life. Appreciate the little things and look for things to be grateful for in your own life.
As a side note, if you are on social media and depressed a lot, then you may want to cut out your social media for a while and see if that helps. The constant stream of information on social media can be overwhelming and make you much harder on yourself than you should ever be.
The online world is not real. It is full of images and stories that sound wonderful, and it can be easy to start to resent other people for what they have and wish you had more, both of which can contribute to depression.
Moreover, social media can be a really depressing place – worse than the news. So much so, that I’m surprised there are not more depression quotes about social media! It can make you think the world has gone to hell, and that bad things are happening everywhere at every moment. It’s hard to see the positive amidst all the people sharing and talking about the negative. And, the negative commentators with their ability to spread hate on every photo, video, and article posted can really bring you down.
5. You Are Not Alone
The man that I talked about in the first point, who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and lived, says that he built a support network so that he wasn’t fighting his struggles alone. He says that it is OK not to be OK, but it is not OK not to ask someone to help you. Doing that is just keeping yourself stuck in a place of depression without actively doing something to treat it.
You may feel like it’s only you who is going through what you are going through, but it’s not. Globally, there are an estimated 350 million people living with depression. There are other people who understand you, and there are people who understand depression and can help you find effective treatments for your depression.
In short, knowing you are not alone, you need to reach out to people who can help. If you don’t, you can’t get the help from them. You can’t talk to them and relate to them. You can’t figure out what treatment is best for you. And, you can’t support other people through their depression. If you act like you are the only one with your feelings and thoughts, then you are going to isolate yourself into a space where depression will have a hold on you.
6. Can You Become Depressed Over A Broken Heart?
According to a lot of depression quotes I found, it’s obvious that many people think that you need to have a chemical imbalance to become depressed, but the fact is that any trauma in your life can cause depression. So many people who have never experienced depression experience it after something like a breakup, an unwanted diagnosis, or the loss of someone they love. It can cause you to feel disconnected from the world and yourself, and it can make everyday life extremely hard.
It’s important to get up and get out. You need to get outside of your head and start getting into the flow. The ‘flow’ is a place where you are doing something that you love or something that is consuming your mind and body. It is a place where you forget about your troubles and your problems, and you focus on the task at hand. Everyone has a different activity that gets them in the flow, such as dancing, exercise, writing, singing, cooking, or hiking. The longer you can stay in the flow, the longer you can stop focusing on those negative thoughts and feelings that are making you feel depressed.
It’s also important to avoid isolating yourself. Other people will help you get out of your own head as well, and they will also support you and give you a chance to talk it out with someone else. This can help dramatically when you are feeling depressed after a traumatic event.
Lastly, if you can’t help yourself out of your depression, then you need to seek help. It can take some time to recover, but it should take months or years. A professional that has been trained in dealing with depression can help you overcome your depression in various ways, and talk therapies can really help when talking to a professional. Your friends or support group may not have the insight that a professional can offer you.
7. One Good Reason To Seek Help For Depression
If you want your relationships to work, then you need to find help for your depression. Research shows that depression contributes to relationship issues and relationship issues contribute to depression! It’s a cycle that can be hard to get out of unless you seek help or actively do something about it.
Antonio Borrello says that depression can affect your perception, which will make a healthy relationship difficult. If you are seeing negative things that are not there in your partner or someone else that you are in a relationship with, then, of course, that is going to have a negative impact on your relationship, and it can hold you back from being in a loving relationship that you want to be in.
Don’t be scared to seek help for depression because your relationships will benefit from it. And, positive relationships in your life will benefit every area of your life in a positive way, including your depression. You owe it to yourself and to the people you love to seek help.
8. Depressed Because You Are Angry?
This is one of the depression quotes I found that can help you look at causes of your depression. While it may be something else, anger is an emotion that a lot of people have and are holding onto, which is why I wanted to discuss it.
Anger towards other people can get converted into depression. That means that anger towards your parents, friends, neighbors, boss, kids, or everyone you come across, can internalize as depression.
While there are different methods to help you to stop being angry with others, it’s very important to stop judging others and trying to control how they should be. If you put judgments on other people and try to control how they are supposed to act, then you will always be angry with other people. If you are always angry with other people, then you are going to feel upset and depressed over what they are doing, how they are treating you, your relationship with them, your self-worth, and so much more.
You know if you are angry or not. You can feel the annoyance and hate when you look at other people, and even though it may convert into a feeling of depression, that feeling of anger is detectable if you look for it. Be honest with yourself, admit how other emotions may be playing a part in your depression, and then get help for it.
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