What Is Depression?
Depression is a mental illness that can cause people to experience low moods, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy, change in appetite, weight gain or loss, sleeping problems, slowed thinking, and physical pains. Some of the most popular celebrities who have experienced depression shared some good depression quotes to support the ones going through it.
It is one of the most widespread mental disorders in the United States. According to a survey, an estimated 16 million adult Americans had at least one major depressive episode in the year 2004. More than 80 percent of people reported having some type of mental disorder during their lifetimes. With half of them suffering from more than one mental health problem. The survey also reported that 16 million Americans suffered from depression each year. This is almost the same number as those who suffer heart attacks (17 million), diabetes (18 million), and cancer (22 million).
Depression is a mental illness that can have lasting effects on an individual’s thoughts, feelings, social interactions, and physical well-being. It is not the same as being unhappy or in low spirits. Nor does it mean someone has a “character flaw.” Depression is an illness with its own causes and symptoms.
What Does Depression Feel Like?
Having depression may feel like-
- A sense of deep sadness or loss.
- Feeling hopeless or having no interest in life.
- Feeling worthless or guilty.
- Having little energy and wanting to avoid socializing.
- Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed.
- Not enjoying the way you look and feel bad about yourself.
- Trouble thinking clearly and concentrating.
- Crying often, or feeling like crying but not knowing why.
- Feeling tired and wanting to sleep more than usual.
- Losing interest in sex and having trouble maintaining relationships with family and friends.
- Experiencing physical problems such as back pain, headaches, skin irritations, stomach upsets, loss of appetite, or weight gain.
- Having frightening thoughts that you can’t get rid of or thoughts that life isn’t worth living.
Depression is treatable; many people can effectively control symptoms through medication, psychological counseling, or a combination of both. However, only about 36% of Americans with diagnosable depression get treatment for it. Partly because talking about feelings puts patients at an increased risk for suicide. If every American diagnosed with depression got effective treatment. It is possible that the number of Americans who die from suicide each year would drop by as much as 20 thousand.
Depression appears to be caused by an interplay of genetic, biological, psychological, and social factors; it can run in families. Symptoms may begin abruptly or gradually build over several weeks or months. While the course of depression varies from person to person, untreated depression tends to be persistent (ongoing). The average duration is about 6 months but nearly one-third of individuals continue suffering for up to 2 years; these people are more likely to become suicidal than those whose symptoms lift within about 6 months. Over time, depressive feelings often become less intense but can remain throughout a person’s lifespan if not treated adequately. And a depressed person may feel validated and reassured with some affirmations like these depression quotes.
Following are the depression quotes that you can pin up in your office or home-
“It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling — that really hollowed-out feeling.”— J.K. Rowling
“Depression is the opposite of despair, and there must be hope for any healing to take place.”— Marty Rubin
“I don’t think people realize how common depression is. We all go through it at some point in our lives when we lose someone or break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s like mourning but instead of normal mourning you just never get over it.”— Demi Lovato
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”— George Bernard Shaw
“Everyone is the other and everyone needs the other in order to be what they are. The absence of self, or self-hatred, is known as depression. The absence of the Other results in psychosis. We must all be our brother’s keeper because God has placed us in one another’s presence for that very purpose—to keep each other well by sharing our wholeness . . . We need one another to remember who we are so that we do not go insane with isolation and fear.”— Parker J. Palmer
“Depression can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. Depression is often seen as a trivial illness because people who have it are not visibly sick, but I think it’s as real as anything else. If you break your leg, you don’t think twice about going to the hospital; if you’re clinically depressed, it can be embarrassing, but no one should feel ashamed.”— Daniella Westbrook
“You never see what someone is truly like at first glance – that takes time and depression to weed that stuff out of them. So many times we judge people within our own narrow boundaries when they deserve more than that.”— Charlie Hunnam
“If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a jew.”— Albert Einstein
“A little bit of depression is the cost of being creative. Artists have to be able to self-reflect enough to feel their own pain and take it seriously . . . as opposed to blowing it off as though they don’t matter as people.” — Lena Dunham
“There’s no shame in having depression because it makes you fight back stronger than ever. It makes your body grow bigger and your mind grow stronger and better, like working out at the gym every day for two hours straight . . . You shouldn’t be ashamed of it because it makes you stronger and better than ever.” — Madison Beer
“I was always a sad kid. Sad in the way that I had so much love to give but no one wanted to accept or receive it . . . It’s taken me many years to pull myself out of the depression. I’m still working on getting over my fears and anxieties, but at least I’m trying, which is all anyone can do when they’re in bad shape. You don’t need anyone’s permission to recover; you just need desire and discipline.” — Quincy Jones
“A creative person has courage: not necessarily the courage to stand up and fight, but the courage to stand up and reveal who he or she is. Depression for me has been like the Sahara desert—a barren, lonely waste where nothing grows and there might not be any oases to drink from, but that’s only if you allow yourself to believe it’s hopeless; sometimes all you need is a little faith.” — Milla Jovovich
“I think depression is nature’s way of telling us to slow down. There are times when I’ve pushed myself too hard, but after some rest I always come out feeling better than before. It can be scary to face your depression, but once you do so it becomes easier – it doesn’t own you anymore.” — Charlotte Church
“What days will feel like when you’ve been given a second chance? I don’t think anyone can say . . . but what I can tell you is that things never stay the same, even when they are. Time leaves its mark on everything it sees – whether for good or bad.”— Cara Delevingne
“I think depression has become an epidemic because of how stressed out people are these days. When there’s too much stress in life, your body releases cortisol instead of serotonin. And cortisol makes you crave sugary fatty carbs! The key to feeling better, then, is to take away all sources of stress. Find whatever works for you – whether that be meditation or exercise or hanging around animals or taking hot baths or drinking warm milk before bed.” — Lady Gaga
“You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, and even then they’re still an ass.” — Kanye West
“I think I’m fortunate to be the age that I am because I saw both of my parents go through their troubles with depression and addiction and problems with money and health issues, and it’s always been something that is very close to me . . . There are things that people have gone through – struggles, pain, loss – that give them more depth as human beings. And this is what I hope for myself too. Being 40 now has given me all these different tools to handle sadness or depression or anxiety.”— Drew Barrymore
“There’s a certain amount of sadness to all art, but I don’t think it has to be debilitating. If you’re going through a hard time and looking for escape, the only thing that can really help is putting down your burden long enough to see something beautiful in the world. It might make you cry or laugh or feel nothing at all. But it will prove that there are still things out there worth living for, even if you’re not doing them yourself.” — Alexandra Bracken
“I suffer from depression and anxiety because I’ve been bullied throughout most of my life since a very young age . . . And then as an adult it hurts because people are mean to you just for being who you are. I have started to really speak up about it because I think people are afraid of saying that they’re depressed or that they have anxiety. . . This is not a trend, this is real.” — Bethany Mota
“Life can take many turns and the depression always comes back, no matter how much self-help book reading or research one does.” – Soha Ali Khan
“I’ve struggled with mental illness since I was very young. And I know that stigma still exists in our country, but it’s getting better every day, thanks to all the brave men and women who are coming forward and sharing their stories about mental health issues. That said, we still have a lot of work to do. The fact is, depression and anxiety are very common illnesses. Millions of people like me lead healthy, happy lives while coping with these diseases or recovering from them . . .” — John Mayer
“I’ve had my own struggles with mental health for many years; I took antidepressants for quite some time and eventually got off them because I wanted to get better by myself, without medication.” – Selena Gomez
“I think that one allowed me to write about pain in a way that I hadn’t before—to let the bad stuff be okay and not only see it but also see what good could come out of it. And so when we were doing American Teen [the title track of his third album], I was like, ‘Well if I’m writing about sadness and depression, I might as well write about something that makes me happy, too.’ And so on the record it’s not happy songs; but there is a sense of celebration in some way.” — Khalid
“I’m fine with being depressed. It’s an illness that everyone has to deal with at some point.” – Halsey
“I think young girls are really under pressure these days to be perfect, which is very confusing because no one’s perfect . . . We all have good days and bad days. Occasionally you wake up feeling bad about yourself or your life. But you’ve just got to be strong and remind yourself how amazing you are.” — Emma Watson
“The only way I can explain it is that I’ve experienced life in reverse . . . You know, people used to ask me when was the last time I cried. And well, I’m like all right now, because it’s sad to think about what I’m missing out on in my life . . .” – Michael Phelps
“It’s hard when someone tells you they suffer from depression. But for whatever reason, they decide not to get help.” – Tom Daley
Are Depression Quotes Helpful?
Depression quotes may not treat depression, however, they can surely make the patient feel a bit validated. As they will realize that they are not the only ones who are feeling like this. These depression quotes by famous public figures dictate how serious depression is. If you are going through depression or other mental illnesses, make sure to talk to someone. Also, seek professional help if you are feeling better for a long time.
Depression Treatment At MantraCare
MantraCare treats the root cause of your depression, not just the symptoms. We offer a variety of treatments including traditional talk therapy, medication, hypnotherapy, and EMDR. With all these depression treatment options available, you are sure to find one that fits your needs. To explore these options in more detail or to book your appointment at MantraCare feel free to contact/call us.
Depression is a difficult feeling to describe. However, if you’re experiencing it yourself or know someone who does. These depression quotes can help illustrate what depression feels like and how people have dealt with it in the past. As mental illness advocates to celebrities struggling with their own battles of depression. There’s no shame in talking about this condition. Remember that you are not alone.
If you are seeking therapy or treatment for overcoming depression or trauma. Mantra Care is a suitable healthcare organization. We have several experienced, licensed therapists that will help you attain good mental health. And will help you treat depression and get rid of any social anxiety, trauma, or fear. We hope these quotes help you get through the tough times.
A Word From Mantra Care
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