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Feeling Depressed? Quotes About Depression

Updated on December 4, 2012
  • "We live in an age of depression. It’s global and it’s increasing. You can’t ignore it and it won’t go away without a plan for dealing with it."

Gregory L. Jantz & Ann McMurray, Moving Beyond Depression: A Whole-Person Approach to Healing

Depression Quotes

  • "You do not have to continue suffering from the effects of depression. It is not your fault, but only you can do something about it."

Howard W. Stone, Defeating Depression: Real Help For You and Those who Love You

  • "Depression is just a feeling of helplessness. We are not really helpless. When we feel like nothing matters, that’s just a feeling. Things and people do matter. When we feel like we can’t go on, that’s just a feeling. We can go on."

A. B. Curtiss, Overcoming anxiety and Depression

  • "Depression is partly in our genes, partly in our childhood experience, partly in our way of thinking, partly in our brains, partly in our way of handling emotions."

Bonnie Keen, A Ladder Out of Depression

  • "One of the strongest emotional key to recovery (from depression) is the courage to identify and acknowledge the source of emotional pain in your life."

Gregory L. Jantz & Ann McMurray

  • "Depression may accompany the growth that can come from sad situations, and it may also occur when we discover that the world does not meet our expectations. We become depressed when we see the world as unfair."

Doc Childre & Deborah Rozman, Transforming Depression: The Heartmath Solution To Feeling Overwhelmed

  • "Don’t let yesterday and tomorrow intrude your life. Live one day at a time. You’ll avoid the waste of energy, the mental distress, the nervous worries that dog the steps of the man who’s anxious about the future."

William Osler

  • "The link between depression and heart disease is not a coincidence. Depression is a "dis-ease" of heart, of emotions associated with heart."

Doc Childre & Deborah Rozman, Transforming Depression

  • "I am not an expert on the disease of depression. I have lived through its hell. I have spoken with many of its victims. I do believe that in all things, God’s light breaks through every darkness. Nothing is wasted."

Bonnie Keen

  • "If you suffer with depression, a theological earthquake will shake you; the ground will yawn open and threaten to swallow up every last inch of you."

Bonnie Keen

  • "Depression is the inability to construct a future."

Rollo May

  • "Depression, and the host of feelings and thoughts that crammed into the word, plead for a "why.""

Edward T. Welch, Depression: A Stubborn Darkness: Light For The Path

  • "Basically, depression sufferers see the world through dark-colored glasses."

Claudia J. Strauss & Martha Manning, Talking to Depression: Simple Ways To Connect When Someone In Your Life Is Depressed

  • "Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future."


  • "Depressed people are pulled under by shadows, ghosts, pieces of themselves that they can’t integrate and can’t let go."

Richard O’Connor, Undoing Depression

From a Depression Poem

  • Depression Q&A

Is it my fault I’m depressed? No.

Does being depressed mean I’m weak? No.

Does being depressed mean I’m crazy?

Of course not!

Can I get well again? Absolutely!

Bev Cobain, When Nothing Matter Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens

  • "A depressed outlook is typically bleak. The future seems impossible to contemplate because everything seems tinged with grey."

Rhena Branch & Rob Wilson, Cognitive Bihevioural Therapy for Dummies

  • "I hate being depressed but unfortunately I am not immune to depression."

Rhena Branch & Rob Wilson

  • "When you’re depressed, you might feel sluggish, achy, tired, and run-down. You may not want to leave the house, get out of bed, or get off the couch. One way to help yourself while you’re recovering from depression is to exercise. Even if it seems impossible, do something physical. Exercise helps defeat depression."

Bev Cobain

  • "Relationships can spread depression as surely as germs can spread illness. Depression is contagious."

Michael D. Yapko, Depression Is Contagious

  • "Depressed people are usually already quite good at isolating themselves and thinking too deeply about themselves. Instead of examining them even more closely under the microscope, analyzing ever smaller pieces of their psyche, as if depression is just their individual problem, the solution lies in a broader view. We need a macroscope. We need to see depression in its larger social context, see it for what it is when the word gets more crowded while people are literally dying of loneliness."

Michael D. Yapko

  • "When you feel depressed, it can seems as you will be stuck in the dark tunnel forever. Pessimism is the order of the day, and it colors your attempts to overcome the problem, just as it colors everything else. But this is an illusion wrought by the lens through which you see the world when you are depressed."

Gillian Butler & Tony Hope, Managing Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide

  • "Once you become anxious, you frequently make yourself anxious about being anxious; once you become depressed, you make yourself depressed about being depressed; and so on."

Raymond J. Corsini & Danny Wedding, Current Psychotherapies

  • "Depression is something that makes you lose your sight."

Michael Schenker

  • "So depressed are we, it’s as if we have been cruelly uprooted from the comfort of our everyday selves – and, with that, from our connectedness to the rest of humanity, which cannot fathom our unique pain and desolation. Suddenly, we have become ragged beggars at the banquet of life."

Syd Baumel, Dealing With Depression Naturally

  • "Whether your depression lasted years or days, whether it makes you feel like you’re in hell or just in a momentary limbo, whether you’ve lost your appetite or just can’t stop eating, whether you wake up in panic before dawn or sleep like a corpse until noon, whether you’re an apathetic slug or a hysterical wreck, whether you’re mired in self-pity or seething with hostility, whether you can stop crying or you’re stone cold dry – if you feel depressed (unhappily stuck in a rut by the side of the road), you are, by your own important definition, depressed."

Syd Baumel, Natural Antidepressants

  • "To better answer the question of what depression is, first consider what depression isn’t. Most people think that depression is merely a state of mind that can be "snapped out of" whenever the person is willing to do so. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Depression is a real, serious illness, just like heart disease or diabetes."

Jesse M. Cooper Sr., Jessy M. Cooper, Depression

  • "Maybe there is small comfort in knowing that millions of people what it’s like to dread the day, to walk in sadness through a gloomy world while others walk in sunshine. But the good news is that depression is highly manageable today – if you get the right treatment. You may find that there is a way out. You may discover new ways of thinking, acting and being with others. You may find – much to your surprise – that hidden within you is the courage to open a new door in your life, to walk through it, and to build a life worth living."

Robert L. Leahy, Beat the Blues Before they Beat you: How to Overcome Depression

  • "Depression is not a character flaw. Although there is a general public view that depression is not a disease but a weakness, that if a person "just tried hard enough" the symptoms would go away, this is absolutely not true. Depression is not about being overly sensitive, lazy or sad. It cannot be caused by an unwillingness to try, it is not deserved, and it is not "easily" treated. Depression is not just a state of mind that a person could "snap out of" if they really wanted to."

Jody M. Ehrhardt, Help Me, I’m Depressed

  • "You can say when you are sad that you feel blue. But when you have depression, you feel nothing. You don’t know blue. You don’t see color anymore."

(depression described by a sufferer, according to Sana Loue, The Transformative Power of Metaphor in Therapy)

  • "Depression is a coping mechanism, a withdrawal within oneself, when reaching out to others has become too painful, too risky. Depression is an unhappy place to be, but for the person who suffers with it, depression is the lesser of two evils."

Terry Lynch, Beyond Prozac: Healing mental Suffering Without Drugs

  • "When you become depressed you have a choice. You can choose to make your depression a lifelong prison from which you get rare glimpses of sunlight, or you can make it a tough school which teaches you wisdom."

Dorothy Rowe, Depression

  • "Other people may be there, offering all the love, sympathy and concern any person could want, but none of this compassion can pierce the wall that separates you from them, while inside the wall you not only refuse yourself the smallest ease and comfort but you also punish yourself by words and deeds. Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer."

Dorothy Rowe

  • "Just like other illnesses, depression can be treated so that people can live happy, active lives." Tom Bosley

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Quotes about depression by celebrities: Amy Winehouse, Nicolas Cage, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce Knowles, Janet Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, Jim Carrey, Keisha Buchanan, Angelina Jolie, Brooke Shields, Robbie Williams, Winona Ryder, Woody Allen.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      @meloncauli: True. I haven't met a peron who hasn't had a depression episode in life (myself included). Unfortunately, some people have a chemically based type of depression so medications are necessary for treatment, yet we know that most people actually suffer from the "ordinary" depression which cannot be cured by anti-depressants.

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      meloncauli 5 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed reading this hub. It's a shame that doctors are quick to prescribe an anti-depressant as soon as a patient feels down. There are ways to address depression but unfortunately we are led to believe often that pills are the only way when of course they are not. Thanks for sharing this...left feedback.

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      saday 5 years ago from India

      Sure why not... :)

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      @saday: Thank you. I hope people will find these depression quotes inspirational :)

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      saday 5 years ago from India

      good one.. voted up