Due to the fact that “depression doesn’t heal itself” and there is no “cure,” ongoing therapy is essential, says Hanna Simmons, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and therapist in Denver, Colorado. “Don’t blame yourself for your mental illness; there are various causes, including trauma, genetic predisposition, the side effects of other health disorders, or even no evident cause at all.”However, you need to put more emphasis on the things that bring you joy and help you advance in life.
Two examples are medical treatment and psychotherapy. Lifestyle changes can include things like getting enough sleep, learning to meditate, spending more time in nature, and exercising regularly. (These are some of the arguments made by medical professionals in favor of walking.)
What else can be helpful? Reading sad quotes about mental illness is depressing. If you’re feeling down, reading some depression quotes may help you realize that you’re not alone. With their help, things could turn out better.
♦ “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 is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” —Atticus’s poetry
♦ “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, Imagine Dragons
♦ “In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.” ―Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking
♦ “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 the food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” ―Andrew Solomon
♦ “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
♦ “After every Olympics, I think I fell into a major state of depression, and after 2012 that was probably the hardest fall for me. I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore. I didn’t want to be alive anymore. I think people actually finally understand [depression is] real. People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change.” —Michael Phelps
♦ “Depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. It’s too much for me.’ You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.” —Jim Carrey
♦ “Depression is melancholy minus its charms.” ―Susan Sontag
♦ “What they don’t tell you about depression is that sometimes it feels a lot less like sadness and a lot more like the emotional equivalent of watching paint dry.” —Alexis, Tumblr
♦ “Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, and some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.” —Ned Vizzini, author