How Does Depression Feel To You?

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How Does Depression Feel To You?

For many, it's hard to understand major depression. Phrases like "feeling sad" or "feeling blue", even "feeling hopeless", don't really capture the emotional pain of depression. HealthyPlace Facebook member, KW Vidad, shares how depression feels:

"Depression feels like being buried six feet under and you're screaming so loud, but no one seems to hear you. This is how depression feels. It's like you're screaming helplessly on the inside."

Braden Daniels describes it this way:

"The feeling of depression is like being paralyzed by sadness. Physically and emotionally paralyzed."

Nikki Jenkins adds:

"It's like a pain on the inside that nothing or no one can reach. Imagine the deepest hurt you have ever experienced. Now imagine being in that pain and state of mind day in and day out."

No Idea How Depression Feels

How Does Depression Feel To You?It's part of the human condition to want people to understand what we are going through. Relationships are based on that. To some extent, everyone has experienced physical pain and can imagine what extreme physical pain feels like. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of mental pain. That's one important reason why we hear people say things like, "just pull yourself up by your bootstraps" and other irritating sayings on this list of worst things to say to someone who is depressed.

Even if a person hasn't directly experienced extreme physical pain, we've seen it portrayed enough in movies to know what it looks and feels like. How does depression feel? Maybe if we had regular portrayals of depression in the media, there wouldn't be so many clueless people.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: "How does depression feel to you?" We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

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  3. Maintaining Confidence and Control Amongst Chaos

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

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Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Preserving Healthy Relationships With Young Adult Children

One of the trickiest transitions for parents to navigate is when childhood ends and young adulthood begins. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, has ways to promote and preserve relationships with your adult children.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, July 24). How Does Depression Feel To You?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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