People Divulge What Depression Really Feels Like To Them
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TRIGGER WARNING:This article contains sensitive content about depression and mental health.

As the stigma around mental health lessens (however slowly), people are more forthcoming about the problems they are facing. One of the most common mental health issues is depression.

Depression can affect many different types of people. Factors such as gender, race, nationality, and even age have no bearing on whether someone suffers from depression or not.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, "...an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years..."

Depression displays in certain patterns, such as mood changes, physical difficulties, and social isolation. However, depression manifests differently in different people and feels different to different people.

Reddit users divulged what depression felt like to them when Redditor iodineseaspray asked:

"What does depression feel like to you?"

Some of this is sure to sound familiar.



The Worst Kind Of Boredom

"Like being more bored than you could imagine but also not wanting to do anything at all, even breathe. So you want to do something, but you can't imagine anything that you would like to do so you're just sort of stuck."

– BuddhistSlater

"So you then spend literally hours staring at a blank wall hating yourself, your life, and everything around you. Well, as much hate as you can summon in the absolutely mentally numb state you find yourself sat in day after day."

– merryman1

Lack Of Motivation and Energy

"Complete lack of motivation."

"Ignoring people that I love, and who are trying to help."

"Just sh*t"

– HatFromStraw

"I feel it extra at work. Letting things slide until you either get into trouble or trying last minute to prevent it."

"Funny those times when I'm working to save my butt, the depression goes away and i feel super focused and motivated."

"I try to carry that energy over but no, it's rinse and repeat."

– ExtraBitterSpecial

Powerful Insecurity

"Insecure about absolutely everything, no hope for the future, dissociation from society and not knowing how to “act” anymore, feeling like I’m not as good at the things I always thought I was good at or that the “talent is wasted on me”, only food cheers me up and sometimes even that doesn’t work"

– tenamonth

Loss Of Creativity

"This. It's like some numb fuzziness you feel in your brain. It's the worst thing ever for an artist who just wants to create but your brain comes up dry with a dense fog that wants to just lie down for a few hours"

– FinnProtoyeen

A Mental Inability To Breathe

"For me, it feels like I’m in a lake with a ball chain tied to my feet, desperately swimming up for air, the only problem is the chain isn’t long enough. I can only get an inch of my head out of the water to breath, and as soon as a high tide comes, the water just floods over me and I feel like I can’t breath again. I live like this, constantly feeling like I’m struggling to breathe, weighed down by my own mind. It’s a struggle and I can’t really describe it in any other way, I’m jealous of people who don’t worry about depression"

– DrowningInBrokeness

"Like suffocating under a heavy cloak"

– kmartfreak

"Like being crushed. Like if the air was crushing my muscles and bones and I can’t breathe because I’m being crushed…"

"Kinda like that."

– Afreshnewsketckbook

Listlessness

"Scrolling thru your steam library. Thinking you want to play something, either not settling on anything or not wanting to put the effort into the game. Going back to the scrolling."

Aistadar

"It feels like you're forced to play a game of Monopoly (represents life) and your just rolling the dice to appease everyone but you genuinely don't care about where you go, where you land, what you pick up, what you pay, what you gain."

"You kind of just watch it happen without interest and while people are cheering or oh no-ing for you, you genuinely don't care. Everyone is a piece on this board that hardly matters and you feel like we're all just running in a circle over and over again and it's boring and disinteresting as hell."

"You lose all curiosity for everything and just let everything happen and pass by you. No motivation, hardly any love, hardly any care. Feels like the world is in black and white and your waiting for the game to end became it's so absolutely boring and disinteresting, but it never does."

"You come to resent the game and eventually hate it because it feels like you're being forced to play it and suffer it's consequences when you never asked to play it in the first place."

"That's what depression felt like for me. Since then I've been medicated and recieved therapy. I'm doing a lot better now and I don't feel this way anymore, thankfully."

- KnlghtLlghts

A Relation To Fantasy

"You know that scene in the Lord of the Rings where Bilbo is describing to Galndalf what having the Ring all those years felt like? "I feel thin. Like too much jam spread over too much bread." That's honestly the best way I've seen to describe it."

– Electrical_Age_336

"I always say the closest thing to compare it to is a dementor in harry potter. It sucks every ounce of happiness out of you until there is only darkness left."

"Side note: chocolate always helps"

– sunfacer

Fear Of Lack Of Justification

"Like someone close to you died yesterday. Expect no one has, and nothing has happened to justify how you feel."

– AlterEdward

A Physical Pain

"Physical pain in my heart, will start crying just by attending to the physical sensation in my body."

– sagieday

Help Yourself

"I've always described it as having a shadow fixed to your brain which fuels things like indecision and negativity. You can do things to temporarily help but you can't truly shift it. Previous normality is forgotten. But it's amazing how much you can mask it."

"I found I didn't realise how bad I was until I started to get better"

"For anyone suffering with depression. Please, please speak to someone. Best thing I ever did"

– DavosLostFingers

Depression isn't something you can just deal with or get over. Learning to cope is not easy. However, as Redditor DavosLostFingers pointed out, talking to someone can literally save your life.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression, contact the American Psychological Association by phone at 800.374.2721 or 202.336.5500.

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