People who have experienced sadness may think they understand depression, but that’s not usually the case. While depression is a serious mental illness, it is often misunderstood. These descriptions from people living with depression provide insight into the pain, anguish, and distress of someone trapped in what many consider a living nightmare.

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“What is depression like? It’s like drowning, except everyone around you is breathing.”

I love this quote. It perfectly describes how absolutely alone and terrifying it is to be imprisoned inside the inescapable bog that comprises serious depression. You feel utterly helpless, leaden, dull, unable to move.  You are trapped—an unwilling witness to those living what appear to be happy lives. Anger at everyone’s obliviousness to your condition invades your lungs, heart, and spirit.

The waves of pincer-like pain keep pummeling your brain as your body is dragged down, down, down onto the inky, cold depths of the ocean floor, choking you.  The question: Stay fetal-like or fight your way to the surface?

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By Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2018