Depression, also known as clinical depression, unipolar depression, or major depressive disorder, is a mental disorder characterized by a pervasive and persistent low mood that interferes with daily life.

It affects around 17% of people in the United States.

The symptoms of depression include sadness, low energy, insomnia or hypersomnia, poor concentration and decision-making skills, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and thoughts of death or suicide.

I have curated some of the best ‘Depression’ quotes, sayings and captions for you to read and share with others.


Depression Quotes

Depression isn’t just being a bit sad. It’s feeling nothing. It’s not wanting to be alive anymore. ~ Unknown.

Depression is melancholy minus its charms. ~ Susan Sontag.

It’s brilliant, being depressed; you can behave as badly as you like. ~ Nick Hornby.

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Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is. ~ Atticus.

Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. ~ Joyce Meyer.

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. ~ Jonathan Davis.

Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives. ~ Chuck Palahniuk.

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Madness is a kind of mental suicide. ~ Stephen King.

Depression makes you isolated. It’s very hard to think of other people when you’re wrapped in a prickly blanket of sadness and all you can think about is your own pain. ~ Unknown.

The hardest thing about depression is that it is addictive. It begins to feel uncomfortable not to be depressed. You feel guilty for feeling happy. ~ Pete Wentz.

Depression has nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad. ~ Unknown.

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. ~ C.G. Jung.

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Depression is a flaw in chemistry, not character. ~ Unknown.

Keep yourself busy if you want to avoid depression. For me, inactivity is the enemy. ~ Matt Lucas.

Whenever I have a good few months and I think I’ve gotten over the worst on my depression, it silently returns. This isn’t a battle I asked to fight. I’m tired of knowing it’s always coming back. ~ Unknown.

Best Depression Quotes

Depression is a frequent and dangerous medical condition that has a negative impact on how you feel, think, and act. Depression causes unhappiness and/or a loss of interest in previously appreciated activities.

Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself. ~ Pythagoras.

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

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You don’t understand depression until you can’t stand your own presence in an empty room. ~ Unknown.

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. ~ Franz Kafka.

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ Nhat Hanh.

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Depression is rage spread thin. ~ George Santayana.

Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself. ~ Unknown.

Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human. ~ Janet Fitch.

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed. ~ Mason Cooley.

I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer’ with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on. ~ Unknown.

Popular Depression Quotes

Depression is a mental illness that makes people feel very sad and hopeless for a long time. People who are depressed may have a hard time doing things they usually enjoy, and may feel like they can't do anything right.

There’s nothing wrong with you that a little Prozac and a polo mallet can’t cure. ~ Woody Allen.

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Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. ~ Dodie Smith.

The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it. ~ Cesare Pavese.

It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health. ~ Prince Harry.

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. ~ Dan Millman.

The only thing more exhausting than being depressed is pretending that you’re not. ~ Unknown.

When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental. ~ Marion Cotillard.

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Depression is not the same as sadness. ~ Unknown.

It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling – that really hollowed-out feeling. ~ J.K. Rowling.

It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch. ~ Matt Haig.

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. ~ Meister Eckhart.

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Depression is a feeling of sadness that can last for a long time. It makes it hard to do everyday things like go to school or work. Depression can be treated with medicine or counseling.

There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know her woof, her texture; she is given In the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings. ~ John Keats.

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A big part of depression is feeling really lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people. ~ Lilly Singh.

If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. ~ Fred Rogers.

I’m not grateful for depression, but it honestly made me work harder and gave me the drive that I have to succeed and to make it work. ~ Lili Reinhart.

Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though. ~ Jeffrey Eugenides.

Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. ~ Franz Kafka.

I was so scared to give up depression, fearing that somehow the worst part of me was actually all of me. ~ Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Short Depression Quotes

There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t. ~ John Green.

In a mad world, only the mad are sane. ~ Akira Kurosawa.

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Only that day dawns to which we are awake. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

Depression on my left. Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert.

I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. ~ Henry Rollins.

May I not forget that poverty and riches are of the spirit. Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions be such as will keep me friendly with myself. ~ Max Ehrmann.

I’ll never forget how depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does. ~ Henry Rollins.

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When you have depression simply existing is a full-time job. ~ Unknown.

Depression isn’t a war you win. It’s a battle you fight every day. You never stop, never get to rest. It’s one bloody fray after another. ~ Shaun David Hutchinson.

Top Depression Quotes

I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. ~ Dwayne Johnson.

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. ~ Graham Greene.

At sixteen, the adolescent knows about suffering because he himself has suffered, but he barely knows that other beings also suffer. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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I thought by masking the depression with silence, the feelings might disappear. ~ Unknown.

You don’t have to live a lie. Living a lie will mess you up. It will send you into depression. It will warp your values. ~ Gilbert Baker.

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. ~ Khalil Gibran.

As I say I don’t want to kill myself, I just wouldn’t mind dying. ~ Stephen Fry.

Storms make trees take deeper roots. ~ Dolly Parton.

Powerful Depression Quotes

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. ~ William Faulkner.

No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. ~ Ronald Reagan.

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All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously. ~ Tom Robbins.

Habits of pessimism lead to depression, wither achievement, and undermine physical health. The good news is that pessimism can be unlearned, and that with its removal depression, underachievement, and poor health can be alleviated. ~ Martin E.P. Seligman.

Perhaps depression is caused by asking oneself too many unanswerable questions. ~ Miriam Toews.

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. ~ George Lucas.

No sin is necessarily connected with sorrow of heart, for Jesus Christ our Lord once said, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. There was no sin in Him, and consequently none in His deep depression. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon.

Important Depression Quotes

They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss. ~ Gillian Flynn.

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A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. ~ Joyce Meyer.

People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness. ~ Dan Reynolds.

Sanity is a cozy lie. ~ Susan Sontag.

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. ~ Khalil Gibran.

You sometimes think you want to disappear, but all you really want is to be found. ~ Unknown.

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.

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Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. ~ Steven Wright.

There are no windows within the dark house of depression through which to see others, only mirrors. ~ Miriam Toews.

Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. ~ Robert Anton Wilson.

I’m a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can’t pull out of it. But I don’t consider myself negative-negative. I’m positive-negative. ~ Tim Burton.


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