Living with depression can often feel like drowning; you want to come up for air, but don’t have the energy to do so. You want so desperately to feel an ounce of hope or happiness, but some force keeps dragging you back down and sucking the energy from you. People tell you to try positive thinking or eating right to feel better, but that doesn’t always help. Depression claims many lives each year because it becomes too much to bear for some people, and this is a tragic truth that we try to sweep under the rug. People are suffering every day from this illness, yet we as a society do very little to change the conditions that often cause these emotions in the first place.
We don’t have all the answers on what to do, but we do hope these comics can shed some light on what people with depression go through each day. The mind becomes a battlefield, and the worst part is that the war never really ends. If you resonate with the artwork below, please share with friends and family.
Here are 15 illustrations that perfectly capture what depression feels like:
1. Depression is like a ghost that can come to haunt you when you least expect it.
2. It can make you feel like curling up in a safe space away from the world.
3. People may think you’re fine, but inside, you feel like you could explode.
4. Depression can feel like a heavy weight holding you back and keeping you from enjoying life.
5. You feel like you have to hide your depression for people to accept you.
6. You might feel happy, but then all of a sudden, the negative feelings slap you in the face again.
7. Your bed is your favorite place, and crawling out of it feels like running a marathon sometimes.
8. Because depression keeps you up all night, you hardly feel like leaving your room.
9. This is usually how your nights go.
10. You get more relief with sleep than being awake, though.
11. Depression feels like an old friend that never leaves, even though you want them to.
12. You lose all interest in things you once had fun doing, and hanging out with friends just feels lonely.
13. It’s a vicious cycle that seems to have no end and no escape in sight.
14. You’re not able to recognize yourself anymore and hardly remember the person you used to be.
15. You try to open up to people, but they just don’t get it.
We wish everyone happiness and peace along their journeys, and hope this resonated with some of you. Depression is a horrible monster, and if this is something you face, we hope you find a way to lock that beast away. No one deserves to live with this condition. If you do, please try to find treatment to make it more manageable. It’s hard to live a positive life with demons in your head all the time, so never hesitate to get the help you need to move forward.