What does depression feel like?
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When you look at your favorite passions and hobbies, you feel like not doing it anymore and you feel less interested with it, You feel tired, you feel sluggish and you feel hopeless in life, like it has no meaning to you anymore, You feel as if things just seem so wrong, everything irritates you and it makes you feel negative about it, when you look around it's like life is moving in a slow motion, no matter how hard you concentrate on something, you just can't focus on it, you feel like you're trapped in your own mind, drowning yourself repeatedly without dying, you have recurring thoughts of suicide and death. Your senses feel dull and it's like your body is just a shell and you are a sad soul hiding in it. when you laugh you feel as though you're just laughing, not really a real laugh, you barely eat or eat a lot than before, you will self loath too. That's how depression feels like :/
You feel like nothing matters, like you're worthless and no one understands you. With depression you feel empty, numb or an uncontrollable sadness. With anxiety you feel overwhelming waves of panic and stress.
Depression feels like this overhead weight that's always there. It makes you sad and tired. Anxiety makes you feel like something is coming and it makes you sweat and shake and cry.
It's not the greatest thing in the world.it's like feeling sad and scared all the time and no one understands you.
sometimes it feels like sudden sadness, over nothing or very small reasons, things you dont think would set you off, but for some reason do. sometimes its a lack of feeling. you want to be happy, you want to feel and laugh at the jokes your friends are telling, but you for some reason you cant explain, cant. it can be not feeling like cleaning, or enjoying anything, even getting out of bed. you might wanna try, but for some reason you cant sometimes its a cloud in your chest. with every breath you feel it, and it can be suffocating. sometimes it hurts. its sadness and pain and crying and tears it can be no motivation to do anything. what you need to, what you love to do.
Depression feels like there's a demon inside of you eating it's way out. There's a little bug inside you're ear telling you you're worthless and will never do anything right.
Tired all the time/overwhelmed a lot/angry over the tiniest things/crying in the shower/ telling everyone I can't come out/and SO lonely
You can't really have a pinpoint answer for this. Overall, it's a really dreadful feeling. Although you can mask it up with a smile and some laughs, throughout the day you just feel like crap. You feel tired all the time and everything just makes you nervous. It's like walking in a forest for years and years and all the owls and birds are staring down at you.
It's like something really heavy always keeps pushing you to the ground, so you just lie down and accept the weight on you chest, struggling with every breath. And though you really don't care, at the same time you care so much it eats you alive.
to me it sometimes means feeling nothing at all and it hurts, no matter how hard you try to be happy you cant seem to even if your closest friends are with you it doesn't seem to work. It means you are tired all the time and just want to sleep though your thoughts keep you up until midnight. You want to cry randomly and feel the need to hide under a desk sometimes if things get too intense. Even if you have a good day it can hit randomly in the middle of a laugh with your friends you are hit with sadness that makes the laughter fade into nothing.
And empty cup unable to be filled, feeling alien in your own skin, alone and afraid of yourself and the world.
Like nothing does or ever will matter. Depression is like sinking through every single day and night ,isolated and alone, even when you're surrounded by people. It's wanting everything to end and not having to feel the grief anymore. It's knowing you'll never be happy again.
depression feels like a pit. a hole in your heart and brain, it feels heavy and like its a 100lbs weight just dragging you down.
It feels like loosing all hope. Sometimes suicidal thoughts come to your mind in extreme conditions.
You can't describe it 😪
It's not a great experience. It sucks the life out of you. It makes everything in life seem hopeless, pointless and not worth it. Everything is painful and you're always down no matter what. If you can manage to pull yourself up, it's not for long. Sometimes you're just empty and you don't feel anything.
Depression and anxiety makes one very vulnerable and unable to make life enhancing decisions. The focus turns to immediate short term decisions which may not be helpful in the long term. They both clog decision making process and blurs clarity. The focus becomes on the individual and the outside world is seen as a threat many times. It leaves the person stressed and affects his/her overall contribution to society.
Separately they're bad enough. Together, it's like I am either worried sick or too apathetic for words.
Imagine being in a dark room, the door is locked and you have to find your hope is this sinister room. But you must be careful. Because false hope is waiting for you to grab a hold on to it.. waiting to show you where the light switch is only to show you that the hope you heard was only your imagination... Now you sit there, in this room with your worst enemy, waiting for this door to open. That is what depression feels like....
depression feels different to everyone, to me it feels like I have no energy, it causes me to feel like a zombie, I walk around and look like me but on the inside i have no feeling.
Depression can show in many ways, but it often feels like a constant struggle to keep your head above water. It's as if every little task feels like a huge obstacle.
To me, depression feels like you're walking upstream through a current strong enough to pull you under 4 times over. There are others with you but they are walking along the banks, telling you to "just get out of the water." But instead of extanding hand to help, they just move on and leave you behind. Every once in a while, you find a rock that is strong enough for you to lean on, and you can rest for a bit. But the rocks always get tired of holding you up, and when they let go, you left drowning, thrown 50 ft back again. And nothing is harder than standing up in that current, when everything in you is telling you just how much easier things would be if you just let yourself get dragged under...
Depression feels like you and the world are nothingness. That nothing can't be felt or experienced which leaves you sad and wanting. You want to go out and be with people and have fun but there is no drive or motivation, it's just a nice idea. All you really want to do is be alone in silence without thinking or doing anything.
My body aches like I have the flu but I know I don’t. I feel tired, drained, and achy all over. I keep asking myself what is wrong with me, why can’t I just snap out of it, even though I already know the answer. I didn’t sleep well at all last night I kept waking up to a pool of my own sweat. I am so hot that I can’t keep the covers on me but as soon as I take them off I’m freezing cold, it’s a horrible feeling. I could barely find the motivation to get out of bed this morning to go to work and I love my job. I feel I am beginning to hate my job forcing myself to get up and go, which in turn makes me extremely anxious because I cannot afford to lose my job. Also, how do you even explain that to your employer that you are so depressed you can barely make it to work, it’s sad and embarrassing and I feel they wouldn’t even believe me if I told them. One thing with depression is you become a very great actor; you try and make people believe you’re happy so they don’t see the sadness. Also, it’s a sadness that I can’t explain, it’s a feeling of sadness even though nothing has happened to make me sad, I can’t explain it or make it go away. What is even worse is having anxiety and depression at the same time. It’s an overwhelming sadness and overwhelming fear all at the same time. I am torn between worrying about life and dreading life. It’s like I am standing in a crowded room screaming for help and not a single person even looks my way. To me anxiety is the worse of the two. It cripples me in fear, with a feeling of not being able to breath and sweating so much that my body is drenched. The fear makes me isolate myself from everyone, with this overwhelming feeling of being judged, which in turn makes me feel so alone. I feel as if no one cares about me like I am all alone in this. It is taking everything I got not to cry right now while I am sitting at work. It’s so embarrassing I can’t stand it. I feel like such a loser even though I know I am strong. It’s been hours and I still can’t shake this feeling. I feel shaky, light headed, and I keep feeling like I am going to throw up. I am so hazy I can barely focus; it’s like being in a bad dream. I’m exhausted and have no motivation, I just want to lie in bed and never get out.
It sucks. A lot. But it's also how you deal with it that truly matters. For myself, I learned how to live and cope with my depression and anxiety by finding things in life that make me content. When I have anxiety I begin to play a song in my head and listen to the tune to keep me grounded. I also found that talking to someone or even singing helps keep me from tipping over the edge to anxiety. I also found that breathing in deeply and just relaxing helps as well.
its like you're drowning and no one is around you, you try to fight it but you never survive it. Then you chock more and you just want it to stop, you want to feel okay again, you want to feel safe, you feel like you need a home.
Super difficult. Sometimes it leads you to overthink. Like you are feeling worthless, alone, unloved, and many different negative feelings. And to be honest, being depressed is really hard to overcome.
It feels like you're on a beach and all this sudden you close your eyes for a minuet but you wake up in the ocean underwater, you want to get up for air but you can't, thats what depression is like partly.
It feels like being stuck in your own head. You can't get out, no matter how hard you try. You fight and stuggle, but it always seems like you're losing that fight.
Its like being inside a burning skyscraper.Staying in it will kill you and the only other option you can think of is to jump out of the window.
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