11 Quotes About Coping With Depression From People Who Have Dealt With the Struggle

People around the world used #DepressionFeelsLike to share their experiences and spread the much-needed awareness about mental illness

1. “Focusing on the good is not an all-potent cure for unhappiness or depression, but it is a tool; a tool that we have to learn to use to better our situation.” – Bern Maghuyop


2. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside – remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” – Charles Bukowski


3. “Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human."— Janet Fitch


4. “There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.” – Nicholas Sparks


5. "I would  not have been able to do (come out of depression) if I didn't have this support system, if I didn't have my mom , if I didn't have my friends, if I didn't have my father who spoke to me and said its OK to go to a doctor, its ok to go to a psychologist, it's ok to go to a  psychiatrist and its ok to take medication." – Deepika Padukone


6. “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” – Andrew Solomon



7. “Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” – Susan Polis Schutz


8. “I have had to experience so much stupidity, so many vices, so much error, so much nausea, disillusionment, and sorrow, just in order to become a child again and begin anew. I had to experience despair, I had to sink to the greatest mental depths, to thoughts of suicide, in order to experience grace.” – Hermann Hesse


9. “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%, and that’s pretty good.” – Anonymous


10. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Rikki Rogers


11. “Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?” – John Keats