Depression can be described as a mental health disorder that is characterized by persistent low mood and feelings of sadness and loss of interest. It is a serious condition and very common.
- It is estimated that 21% of women and 12% of men will experience an episode of depression at some point in their lives.
- Contrary to popular belief, depression is a persistent problem and not a passing one; the length of depression episode is roughly 6 to 8 months.
One key sign that you are battling with depression is the loss of interest in activities that you enjoyed earlier. Here is a list of some of the more common symptoms of depression;
- Fatigue and a decrease in energy
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness and guilt
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
- Significant weight gain or weight loss
According to studies people with depression do not all suffer the same symptoms, how severe the symptoms are, how frequent they are and how long they last largely depends on the individual and their particular illness.
Reading quotes and sayings on depression can provide an insight on what living with it is like. They can also be a source of inspiration for those living with this condition. Below are famous sayings on living with it.
- “Every man has their secret sorrows that the world does not know; many times we call a person cold, but they are just sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- “Every thought is a battle. Every breath feels like a war, and I do not think I am winning.” – Anonymous
- “I did not want to wake up since I had a better time a sleep. It felt like a reverse nightmare. Waking up not to feel relieved but to wake up into a nightmare.” – Ned Vizzini
- “There is no need to treat a person with depression as if they were feeling sad. Sadness feels like a head cold if you are patient it will pass. Depression is a cancer.” – Barbara Kingsolver
- “Sometimes it hits me out of nowhere and all of a sudden I am overwhelmed with sadness. I get discouraged, upset, hopeless, sad ad hurt. Once again I feel numb to the whole world.” – Anonymous
- “Yes I have depression and no I just can’t get over it.” – Anonymous
- “Sometimes I am tired, sad and miserable for no reason at all.” – Anonymous
- “Being depressed is like being in an abusive relationship with yourself.” – Emily Dotterer
- “Having depression feels like being in a round room and looking for a corner to sit in.” – Laura Sloate
- “Being depressed is like being in quick sad; the more you struggle to escape the deeper you sink. You need to use the support and tools thrown to you by those on the outside.” – Jamie McClinton
- “Depression is like being in a class elevator in a crowded mall, you can see all that is happening, and you wish you could join but the door will not open so you cannot join.” – Lisa Moore Sherman
- “Depression is like having a bruise that does not do away. A bruise on your mind. You have to be careful not to touch where it hurts but it is always there.” – Jeffrey Eugenides
- “I knew it was bad when I woke up in the morning and all I could look forward to was going back to bed.” – Anonymous