Depression and mental health as a whole has long been a taboo topics, with sufferers often not wanting to go public. So when the hashtag #MyDepressionLooksLike started trending on Twitter, our hearts absolutely melted.
While folks who suffer from depression can experience the illness in significantly different ways, we’re thrilled to see people banding together to show everyone what depression really looks like. Below are a few that really hit home for us.
#mydepressionlookslike being so exhausted mentally and physically that I can’t get out of bed.
— Mortemer (@Mort3mer) May 22, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike the indecision to end or live my life because I am equally not brave enough to end it as I’m not living it.
— Khanya Gqiyazana (@Khanya_Ashley) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike me slowly distancing myself from everyone/everything I once loved, therefore becoming isolated & even more miserable.
— ☾ (@disintegrxting) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike quietly self-sabotaging to the point I have nothing and no one.
— Screw-E-Boo-Boo (@KREAYSHAWN) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike trying to make everyone around me happy while feeling like I don’t deserve to be.
— Wine Daddy. (@TRYVNS) May 23, 2016
#mydepressionlookslike not being able to get out of bed due to emotional exhaustion some days while outsiders think you’re just simply lazy
— alicia (@aliciaaadani) May 23, 2016
#mydepressionlookslike wanting/needing to be alone for days on end but feeling indescribably lonely even if somebody actually shows up
— smiggy (@sadmayonnaise) May 23, 2016
#mydepressionlookslike having to evaluate whether my problems are severe enough to ask for help bc I don’t want to be a constant burden.
— jorie (@pokpokofcolor) May 23, 2016
#mydepressionlookslike being told “why are u sad? ur so pretty!” “but u have ppl who love u!” & feeling guilty for something I can’t help
— cake face p (@palomaxcordova) May 22, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike Nothing. Not sadness, not panic, not dread, just awful nothingness that stretches on for months at a time.
— Hutch (@z0mgItsHutch) May 22, 2016
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, PLEASE get help. Even when it feels impossible to get out of bed, you need to reach out to someone. This is not something you can overcome just by sure will.
Psychology Today is an excellent resource for finding a good therapist in your health insurance network.