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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When you suffer from depression, ‘I’m tired‘ means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix. Sleep just isn’t sleep anymore—it’s escape.

There are few things more energizing than waking up from a good night’s sleep feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.  Alas, no matter how many hours someone with the overwhelming emotional fatigue that comes with clinical depression sleeps he or she awakes to that stomach-drop feeling of Oh no, I’ve got to get through another full day before I can go to back to bed.  No matter what age you are, emotionally you feel as if you are 100-years-old. You drag yourself with leaden feet through daily chores, counting down the hours until you can lie down and shut out the world again.

Updated: Sep 13, 2019
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