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Inspirational quotes for teenagers with depression

Updated on March 5, 2013

Inspirational quotes for teenagers with depression or who are feeling sad and lonely

Alarmingly, an estimated 11 percent of teenagers will suffer from teen depression by the time they reach 18 years of age. The risk of teen depression increases as the teenager gets older. Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability among young Americans between 15 and 44 years of age.

Girls are more likely to suffer from teen depression than boys. Studies have found that teenagers suffering from teen depression show different signs and symptoms to typical adult depression. Teens with depression appear to be grouchy, sulky or sad. They often get into trouble at school.

This page contains some inspirational quotes for teens with depression. If you are a teenager feeling sad or lonely, or are depressed, or if you have a loved one suffering from major depressive disorder, I hope that you find some inspiration from these quotes.


Teens or young adults with depression face an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair which affects their whole personality. In the majority of cases, some form of treatment or therapy is required.

The quotes on this page are not meant to trivialize the effects of depression on a teen or young adult, but to provide some form of comfort and inspiration to those with depression. They are also meant as words of encouragement and support for caregivers.

For more information on teen depression, see the Teen Depression Guide or scroll down to the resources set out at the bottom of this page.

Quotes about happiness and joy

"Happiness is like a butterfly.

The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.

But if you turn your attention to other things,

It comes and sits softly on your shoulder."

- Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American philosopher, poet, and environmental scientist. In his major work, Walden, Thoreau considered that sanctity could be found in the natural world. However, the natural world was intrinsically linked with mind and matter and humans were sentient beings immersed in sensory perceptions where the essential facts of life were learnt through the reality that surrounded us.

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery." - Anne Frank

Anne Frank (1929 - 1945) is one of the most famous Jewish victims of the WWII Holocaust. Anne was only 13 years old when she and her family went into hiding for two years. During those years, she kept a diary chronicling her life spent in close proximity with her family before being captured by the Nazis. Anne Frank was just 15 years old at the time of her death. She was one of more than a million Jewish children who died in the Holocaust.

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." - Martha Washington

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731 – 1802) was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States.

"When our communication supports compassionate giving and receiving, happiness replaces violence and grieving" - Marshall Rosenberg

Marshall Rosenberg is the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He has initiated peace programs in war-torn areas throughout the world.

Collection of quotes and thoughts on happiness and joy

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Bestselling book on happiness with a 4.4 star rating out of 5 given by over 184 reviewers. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores words and sayings on happiness and the thoughts and ideas behind them.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record
The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record

A happiness thought a day for the next five years of your life. A daily ritual of encouragement and hope to those with depression.


Quotes against sadness or loneliness

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) is one of the most popular American poets in history. He wrote many children's poems and stories such as Mother Goose and The Children's Hour. Henry Longfellow was well-known for his easy-to-remember poems and appealing themes.

"Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours." - William Osler

William Osler (1849 - 1919) was a Canadian physician who revolutionized the American way of teaching medical students by adopting English principles of clinical instruction which began and ended with the patient.

"Sadness flies away on the wings of time." - Jean de La Fontaine

Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695) was one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is well-known for his classical French literature, the Fables.

"I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers." - Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (1880 – 1968) was an American author and activist who was deaf and blind. She was the first deaf/blind person to have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, assisted by her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

Teen Fiction: True Colors Series

A wonderful teen fiction series on self-esteem, identity and loneliness during the teenage years by Melody Carlson, a best-selling author of more than 200 books for teens, women and children.

There are 12 books altogether in True Colors series. The first three are shown here. The easiest way to access the rest of the series is to click on the links of one of the books below.

1. Dark Blue: Color Me Lonely (True Colors Series #1) by Melody Carlson Paperback

2. Deep Green: Color Me Jealous (True Colors Series #2) by Melody Carlson Paperback

3. Torch Red: Color Me Torn (True Colors Series #3) by Melody Carlson Paperback

The three books may be purchased together at a discounted price. The books are also available as Kindle editions.

Dark Blue: Color Me Lonely (TrueColors Series #1)
Dark Blue: Color Me Lonely (TrueColors Series #1)

Story of two friends and the challenges faced by friends who are at opposite ends of the 'popularity scale' in high school.

Deep Green: Color Me Jealous (TrueColors Series #2)
Deep Green: Color Me Jealous (TrueColors Series #2)

This second book focuses on the theme of jealousy between two best friends.

Torch Red: Color Me Torn (TrueColors Series #3)
Torch Red: Color Me Torn (TrueColors Series #3)

This third book in the True Colors series deals with sex, relationship and identity.


Bible verses about God's faithfulness

Words of God's faithfulness to us and love for us in the Book of Psalms.

"For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does." - Psalm 33:4

"I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations." - Psalm 89:1

"O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief." - Psalm 143:1

"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." - Psalm 36:5

"It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp." - Psalm 92:1-3

More bible verses about God's faithfulness

"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." - 1 Corinthians 16:13

Guard your heart and be courageous. Fight against this insidious depressive disease for with God's faithfulness, anything can be overcome.

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23

God is consistent in his love. He faithfully provides us with many blessings such as health, food, shelter, clothing and human companionship everyday.

"God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." - 1 Corinthians 1:9

God has called on Christians to follow Him with Christ. In return, He has promised to be faithful.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

We all sin but God is merciful as He is faithful to those who repent their sins.

"Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done." - Matthew 21:21

Jesus has proclaimed that the power of God will prevail if we do not doubt His faithfulness.

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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      Glad that you write this article. hopefully can help someone.