10 quotes to help you understand depression

In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (including depression) in any given week according to an NHS study.

However, it can be difficult to understand depression if you’ve never experienced it, or articulate what it feels like if you’re going through it. 

Here are ten quotes that might strike a chord with you and help you understand more about your feelings or to help you support a loved one:


  1. “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 – making it impossible to ever see the end. That fog is like a cage without a key.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, Author
  2. “Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” – J.K. Rowling, Author
  3. “If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation: depression just is, like the weather.” – Stephen Fry, Actor and Author
  4. “People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.” –  via Psycom
  5. “When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.” – via Psycom
  6. “From the outside looking in, it’s hard to understand. From the inside looking out, it’s hard to explain.” – via paintedteacup.com
  7. “Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape. It crushes down on you, making even the smallest things like tying your shoes or chewing on toast seems like a twenty-mile hike uphill. Depression is a part of you; it’s in your bones and your blood.” – Jasmine Warga, Author
  8. “Because that’s the thing about depression. When I feel it deeply, I don’t want to let it go. It becomes a comfort. I want to cloak myself under its heavy weight and breathe it into my lungs. I want to nurture it, grow it, and cultivate it. It’s mine. I want to check out with it, drift asleep wrapped in its arms and not wake up for a long, long time.” – Stephanie Perkins, Author
  9. “Depression to me is like having your mind replaced by another one that makes me feel worthless and numb to life – even to my own husband and son. It deprives me of feeling anything other than a sense of perpetual sadness, never quite knowing the source of it but knowing that feeling well. Depression has stolen my confidence and now I no longer feel I am worthy of anyone’s love.” – via Huffington Post
  10. “Depression is a state in which nothing tastes, smells, or feels right and you are unable to think or make decisions – yet you still have to carry on doing all those things. And so much of the time you just don’t have the energy or the desire. But you still carry on anyway.” – via Huffington Post

We hope this article has helped give you a clearer understanding of what depression feels like. If any of these quotes resonated with you, you might want to know how to tell if you have depression

If you do think you have depression, you don’t have to go through it alone. It can be treated and there are plenty of positive steps you can take to help you feel back to your best, including seeing a professional. 

If you think speaking to a counsellor is the right step for you then contact us to arrange your first counselling session, where you’ll be able to talk through any issues you’re facing with a professional. We are able to offer support to individuals throughout the UK via telephone and video call appointments.

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