77 Depression Quotes
If you’re looking to for relatable or inspirational depression quotes to either capture how you are feeling, or to give you wisdom in these dark times to help you overcome those thoughts of depression, then look no further.
A staggering amount of people are living with depression.
It is the leading cause of suicide across the world, and people are having to live with it, day in and day out. There are many causes of depression, and also many different magnitudes. Most of us at some point in our lives have suffered symptoms of depression or live with somebody who does.
Depression is far worse than just sadness,
it can have no rhyme or reason and it’s only really if you have suffered the beast that you will ever fully understand what it is like to live with. Every day is a struggle, you may find that you spend more time in bed, over or under eating, and shutting the world off. You may feel consumed with guilt, or feel that you are nothing, you are worthless and that this life isn’t for you.
Let me tell you how wrong you are…
You are worth everything, life is beautiful but you may have just lost your way for a while. You are on a downward spiral but you can put yourself back on your feet again. There is help out there for depression,there are many people in the same boat and you must know that you are not alone.
The first selection of quotes we have sourced to help capture how you are feeling, and the second section is aimed to inspire you and give you hope. One of the key elements for pulling yourself out of that dark hole is to change your perspective. You will find relatable links attached to the quotes, click on them to direct you to other quote pages that aim to inspire and motivate you.
- Depression is such a coward; it won’t come out when other people are around and tortures you when you are alone.
Greeshma Manohar, The Life Saver
If you are a sufferer of depression, you will know that those times you spend alone are the worst. You may find that you put on a brave face when around people, and often some of the happiest people that we know, when alone, are the saddest.When suffering from depression, your mind will feel like it has taken complete control of you, therefore the best thing you can do is surround yourself with positivity, and reach out to somebody – talking and facing your depression head-on is on of the first steps to recovery.
- Depression is like having the lights in your head turned off. You can’t see your way clearly through anything. You can’t handle anything.
Bettina Flores, Chiquita’s Cocoon
Depression does a good job of impairing our view on life. It makes everything foggy and seems impossible to cope with. One of the first things anyone with depression should try doing is attempt to clear their heads. Exercise, diet and fresh air are the first and most effective ways of helping clear to clear the mind. Once you have this under your belt and if you are still struggling then you must seek help from either someone you know or a professional.
- When you have depression, you live in a house built on a cliff.
Sam Bennett, Start Right Where You Are
You may be able to relate to this depression quote if you spend most days feeling like you are on the edge. You may be contemplating suicide or just feel like there is no hope or no point in life. You are feeling more than just sadness and more like you are lost in the void. This is the time to seek help. There are so many resources out there that can help you, you just have to face your demons head-on and not be afraid to ask for help. It does not mean you are weak, and it does not mean you are a coward, you a just human.
- If emotions are like a roller coaster then depression is like a derailment. Your spirits crash to the depths of a decline in which all happiness is lost.
Ginny Stroud, Circles
- Depression is like a virus, once it gets inside your mind it multiplies itself and tries to poison every happy thought in your mind.
John Davidson, M. Usman, Natural Cures for Depression
- Depression is like sitting in a hot room underneath a pile of heavy, scratchy blankets. Sadness is like standing outside with no clothes on.
Susan Piver, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
- Depression is like a cancer that starts in one place but spreads to the rest of the body and effectively destroys all passion and drive for success.
Anthony Jobe, “Passion” The missing element
- But depression is like a flood surge that ever remains at high tide.
Katherine Krefft, Affective Self-Esteem: Lesson Plans For Affective Education
- Your friends may try to comfort you, but your emotional ears are deaf to their reassurances. You feel what you feel, no matter what they say.
Archibald PhD Hart, Catherine Weber , A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Depression
- Don’t assume that someone else is taking care of the problem.
Unknown Author, What to Do when a Friend is Depressed
- The emotional experience of depression is difficult to describe to people who have not experienced it.
Beth Doll, Carol Ann Doll, Bibliotherapy with Young People:
- Depression looks normal from the outside, but it devours the person experiencing it on the inside.
Prateeksha Ranjan, Changing Perspective – Page 19
- When you’re depressed, you can’t love yourself, and nothing helps you escape the vicious circle of guilt, self-accusation and profound sadness. When your heart’s caught in the net of such feelings, nothing matters.
Renata Ažman, Depra
- Recovering from depression is a bit like learning to walk again after breaking your leg.
W.H.O, Management of Mental Disorders – Page 218
- Depression is insidious; at the beginning, you may realize something is wrong, but after the illness sets in, you can fall prey to the symptom of accepting the illness without recognizing it.
Unknown Author, Big Beautiful Woman
- Deep depression is like quicksand: if you struggle too much, you will only dig yourself in further.
Gillian Butler, Tony Hope, Managing Your Mind
You may be suffering from depression for a number of reasons, or maybe for no reason at all. It can affect any of us, and there can sometimes be no explanation, just the pure fact that you are feeling depressed. Many people try to fight their depression by ignoring it or trying to fight against it to aggressively, this can be counterproductive, the best thing you can do it accept it, ride it and find the tools to beat it. We have emotions for a reason and without them, we would be empty souls, try to use your emotions to your advantage, and get a grip on those depressive thoughts.
- If we base our self-worth on whether we measure up to other people, comparing ourselves to others with a critical eye, discounting others to lift ourselves up on a platform of perfection, we will never be at peace.
Michelle Borquez, Overcoming the Seven Deadly Emotions
Some people get depressed because they are constantly comparing themselves to other people whether that be friends, family, or even famous people. They feel like there are expectations as to how they should look, act, or how much they have. This is a completely pointless attitude towards life. We are all different, and yes we can aspire to be better, but we shouldn’t live our lives in the shadow of anybody else. Find the greatness in you and you will in your own time learn to shine bright like a star.
- We need to acknowledge that all of our fears, worries, anxieties, angers, and depression will not solve or accomplish anything. That is a step toward maturity and growth.
Bob Phillips, Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
It is natural to feel scared, anxious angry and worried from time to time, emotions are there to help us grow as people. To shut away these feelings will only make you more depressed. So face your issues head-on, learn from your emotions and be strong. Don’t let depression define you as you are worth more.
- Love is the other way forward. They need to go together: by themselves, pills are a weak poison, love a blunt knife, insight a rope that snaps under too much strain. With a lot of them, if you are lucky, you can save the tree from the vine.
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon
- Don’t fight your emotions; learn to acknowledge them.
Ray Giunta, The Grief Recovery WorkbookPositive attitude
- If nature can offer us sound, safe, legal antidotes to the poisoning of the human spirit, then there can be no more important work in the 21st century than researching and exploring these resources.
- Depression can take many forms and is often disguised as poor health or a bad attitude. One of four people seeking medical care for physical problems is actually suffering from some kind of mental disorder.
Sally Taylor, On My Own
- Pretty soon, you will not be faking that smile; it will be genuine, coming from your heart.
Clary B. Collins, How to Unleash the Power of Your Mind and Manifest Success
- The contents of your thoughts do not define you as a person.
Fabrizio Didonna, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for OCD
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- You don’t have to feel alone. There is another way beyond the frustration, fatigue, and even indifference.
Jud Wilhite, Pursued
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- When you lose everything, you get depressed if you don’t step back and start appreciating what you do have.
Paul and Tracey McManus, The 7 Great Prayers
- We deal with disappointing and depressing experiences each day of our lives. Rest assured that these difficult times are your opportunity to grow and to learn more advanced strategies in order scale your next mountain more quickly.
Michelle C. Ustaszeski
- Regular exercise can really help you to reduce your stress levels, anxiety and depression. When you exercise your brain releases endorphins.
Heather Rose, Depression Cure
- The next time something goes “wrong,” remind yourself that focusing on something that you’re grateful for is a perfectly painless and side-effects free way to feel better immediately.
MK Mueller, 8 to Great
- Learning to identify the cyclical nature of the depression loop and to recognize your own depression cues…is crucial for uncovering happiness. …because knowing what triggers your own depression loop is a powerful first step toward being able to overcome depression. Having awareness gives you space to make choices…
Elisha Goldstein, Uncovering Happiness
- Deep breathing is a great way of helping you to feel calmer.
Heather Rose, Depression Self Help
- Benefits of consumption include….Coffee may fight depression.
Adam Ryzer, Coffee Compendium!
- Surround yourself with loving, caring, happy people and get rid of the negative people that drag you down.
Heather Rose, Depression Cure
- Antidote to depression is gratitude.
- Instead of looking at the ground, look up. Look at the sky. Notice the colors. Notice the clouds. Breathe in the beauty.
Troy L. Love, A Year of Self Love
- When you are feeling depressed or down, focus on many if the little things that we all take for granted. The ability to walk, to see, to hear, and even to talk are all things we take for granted.
Phillip Crone, The Secret of Success
- Depression is that pair of filthy glasses. It is a clouded version of reality. You can see just enough to crudely navigate through your day, yet not enough to see the world as it really is.
C.M. Fraser, Deppy to Happy
- First, feel blessed for all you have, such as your kids, a home, a good job, food, water and all the basic necessities that some people do not have, and struggle every day to put their hands on.
Francoise White, The Little Toolbox for Anxiety. Anger, Depression and Guilt
- Certainly, I think being depressed is absolutely part of the human condition, it has to be, if there’s joy there’s its opposite, and it’s something you ride if you possibly can.
- The great thing about keeping a journal is you can see how far that you have come or how far you still need to go. This can help with confidence and self-esteem when you see the kind of steps that you have made or are making.
Heather Rose, Depression Cure
- In fact studies have been carried out that clearly show that people who own pets not only suffer from stress less but also from depression as well.
Heather Rose, Depression Self Help
- When the feelings of sadness, anger, and depression appear, allow them to flow and allow yourself to express the emotion with the intention of not doing harm to others.
Molly McCord, Conscious Messages
- Involving yourself in some kind of work is the best way to fight depression and loneliness.
Lorin Hopper, Wake Up Happy Work
- Everyone gets blue from time to time, but luck is at hand, because there are hundreds of small things that can bring us cheer and add a little sunshine to every day.
Julia Laflin, 100 Things to Pick You Up When You’re Feeling Down
- Gratitude breeds optimism, enthusiasm, resilience, happiness, and overall satisfaction which can decrease anxiety and depression.
Beth Bunchman, Cultivating Gratitude
- The key to you being able to recover from depression is to set yourself a few simple goals that you can slowly build upon. Also it is important that you take things one day at a time and whenever you achieve a particular goal you have set yourself then reward yourself for doing so.
Heather Rose, Depression Self Help
- Knowing my penchant for worry, she thought it a good reminder of the acronym FROG: Fully Rely On God. It’s hard to be depressed when there’s a frog on your desk; and it’s hard not to rejoice when you’re fully relying on Him.
Robert J. Morgan, My All in All
- Even adverse situations can bring about positive teachings. Reflecting more on the things you’ve learned or gained makes you happier.
Jonathan Brown, Depression
- Life will throw many obstacles onto our life path that will make us sad or disappointed at times. Dealing positively with these obstacles is what makes the difference between them turning into worse states or being overcome.
Jonny Oates, Wisdom for My Son and Daughter
- Laughter and humor triggers happiness and lightens your burdens, pain or stress.
Jonathan Brown, Depression
- Just because it don’t look like a blessing, don’t mean it ain’t a blessing.
- A feeling of being “out of control” of your time is the major source of stress, anxiety, and depression. The better you can organize and control the critical events of your life, the better you will feel, moment to moment, the more energy you will have, the better you will sleep, and the more you will get done.
Brian Tracy, Time Management
- Never make a major decision when you are depressed, because at that time your feelings are unreliable and you cannot exercise accurate judgment. Your focus is blurry, and your perspective is distorted. Instead, face the storm head-on and don’t get involved in self-pity.
Rick Warren, God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions
- You can make decisions like that about your life. If you are carrying strong feeling about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present. You have to get rid of them.
Les Brown, Live Your Dreams
- Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
- Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.
- It is a good thing to put up in your house the question, “What would Jesus do?” It answers nine out of ten of the difficulties of moral casuistry.
- In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.
- A mistake, an error, a poor choice, or bad decision does not equal “there is something wrong with me.” It means you are on your way to being better.
- All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
- A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.
- Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward
- Whatever the problem we have in our life, someone has faced it and overcome it.
- A good thing to remember is somebody’s got it a lot worse than we do.
- A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, he refuses to dwell on it.
Norman Vincent Peale
- Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs – but move on.
- Your past can ruin your future, if you allow it.
- I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.
- I was never crippled until I lost hope. Believe me, the loss of hope is far worse than the loss of limbs.
- Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.
- Life is all about setbacks. A life lived without disappointment is a life lived in a cocoon. People have recovered from far worse setbacks.
- Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
- When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
- Laughter yoga is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it’s easy to laugh even if you’re depressed or in a bad mood.
- For any problem, no matter how big or complex it may be, there is a solution.
Earl Nightingale, Business Life
- I’ve seen many troubles in my time, only half of which ever came true.
- I don’t dwell in the past; I don’t wallow in old events and emotions. I don’t waste time on regret. No use going over and over the details of what already happened.
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