Depression is one of the most misunderstood problems in our time. Estimations are that depression affects everyone sometime in their life. Either they will have depression, or know someone affected by depression. Over 30 percent of women are depressed, but almost half of them are too embarrassed to find help. It is hard to talk about this to our friends and family, because over half of the population thinks depression is a weakness.
Clinical depression is hard to understand for those not affected by it. Depression is feeling sad, moody, or our of sorts. Clinical depression is where these feelings continue for weeks, months, or longer, and it hurts your job and relationships. Those around you will tell you just to snap out of it, not realizing that it is beyond your control.
Unfortunately, a lot of treatments don't work for depression. Taking medication will help less than half of those with depression. The best treatment is medication and therapy.
Read here what some famous people have had to say about it and see that you are not alone.
I used to be good friends with my depression, saying oh I'm so depressed, or life is terrible.
In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression.
My recovery from manic depression has been an evolution, not a sudden miracle.
One in six people suffer depression or a chronic anxiety disorder. These are not the worried well but those in severe mental pain with conditions crippling enough to prevent them living normal lives.
Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days... or a few months after childbirth.
Richard J. Codey
Since I was 16, I've felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression.
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. The fog is like a cage without a key.
There was a time when I was 19 when I really, really, really thought I was going crazy. I was exhausted and going through a terrible depression.
This is what I am. I have periods of enormous self-destructive depression, where I go completely off my trolley and lose all sight of reality and reason.
Just because I’m smiling doesn’t mean I’m happy.
I don't necessarily want to be happy; I just want to stop feeling miserable.
Don't fall into the trap of pretending everything's fine when you know it isn't.
I cry a lot. My emotions are very close to my surface. I don't want anything in so it festers and turns into pus - a pustule of emotion that explodes into a festering cesspool of depression.
When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.
Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.
Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed.
A lot of people don't realize that depression is an illness. I don't wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Please get help if your depression gets too strong. Let those around you know what is going on. Urge them to read about this subject. If you have a friend that suffers from depression, read about it yourself. Be supportive and help them get help. Everybody needs help at times.
Depression is not a weakness any more than cancer is. It is a part of life.