Depression comes in a number of brutal forms. Each person who suffers, though, experiences it differently and has a different tale to tell.
It seems as though all of the help in the world can sometimes fall short of what’s needed to get over a rough bout of depression. When that time comes, we’re forced to rely on ourselves and the wise words of others who have walked in our shoes.
If you’re suffering from depression, we have a few depression quotes that might help make your journey a little smoother.
Depression Quotes to Get You Through
We understand that each person’s depression is different. There are different forms of the illness, different degrees of depression, and different life circumstances that can aid or impede a person’s ability to feel better.
There’s the sneaky depression that comes on quick, leaving you unable to get up, get out, or try and engage with your friends. There’s the kind that leaves you questioning every thought or intention that you have about getting better.
There’s the kind that gets so bad that it teases out other, underlying seeds of mental illness that you didn’t even know existed in you.
We’re here to wish you luck against all of these manifestations of depression. Our hope is that when you’re down in the trenches and fighting to get out, these quotes and explanations will come to mind and bring you a little inspiration.
1. “The Only Way Out is Through”
This quote’s closest relative comes from a Robert Frost poem called “A Servant of Servants.”
The phrase isn’t exactly the same as the one in the poem, but “the only way out is through” is typically what people say in this day and age when they’re using this little chunk of wisdom.
Depression often leaves us dreading the idea of moving forward. We think about our failures, our misfortunes, the immediate pain that we’re in, and we have trouble imagining a future that could possibly be any different than our present.
We want to go back to the time before we knew that this variety of pain existed, and we want to stay in the pleasant memory of that time. While it would be nice to have a time machine and try to avoid depression, this is simply impossible.
Whatever we do, we don’t have the ability to erase this sickness without any effort. Thinking over how nice it would be to return to the past will do you no good, no matter how nice it is to imagine.
Further, it doesn’t do any good to complain about the current situation.
A Little Note on Complaining
While it doesn’t do any good to complain about your depression, how could you not voice your frustrations? Part of the pain of depression is feeling like you’re complaining too much, or that you haven’t done all you can to get out of the situation, or that you have no idea what to do.
Complaining is the natural response to this sort of abstract threat from your own brain. What are you supposed to do?
That said, while complaining is fine to a certain extent, know that you won’t gain anything from it. Complaining might only be useful when you’re talking with a friend who also has depression, sharing the cathartic release of talking about how stupid it is that you have to go through it.
Consequently, because we can’t go back and because complaining and staying in the present aren’t useful options, we have to put our heads down and get through.
That’s the only way to the day when your depression is either gone or entirely manageable. You can do it, and it is really your only option. So, whatever “getting through” might mean to you and your situation, it’s important that you do it.
2. The Serenity Prayer
While this quote mentions “God,” it doesn’t require that you have any belief in Christianity. Take from it what you will, but try to recognize the value in this saying despite its religious connection (if you aren’t religious).
It goes, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr.
This can apply to our previous quote and depression in general. It must be accepted that you can’t change the fact that you have depression. You can’t change the fact that you can’t go back to the past, and you’re stuck with the fact that you have to do work to change the situation.
Even though it may be unfair that you have depression, you must have the serenity to stomach these facts and move forward. Next, it’s essential that you have the courage to take on the great tasks in front of you.
The road ahead is one that you can change, and it will take courage to change it. It probably won’t be easy, and it will be a little bit scary. That’s why you need a bit of courage to take those first few steps.
“The Wisdom to Know the Difference”
We’re going to give this piece of the quote its own section.
The things that you can and cannot change aren’t always going to be clearly labeled. In fact, this can be one of the most frustrating things about depression.
Part of this is understanding your limitations. Take, for example, a family member who doesn’t understand mental illness and is significantly contributing to your depression by mocking you.
Some people aren’t aware of the reality of depression and will think that making fun of your sadness, calling you a baby or a wimp, is the way to get you back on your feet.
Whatever the motivation for doing these things, whether it be love and misunderstanding or mal-intent, you must take an objective look at the situation. Does this person have any understanding of mental health issues and what it’s like to suffer them?
Are they misinformed about you and your reasons for feeling the way you do? Is there anything that you could do to improve their outlook on you and your situation?
If you could enlighten this person to the reality of mental illness, you might both be better for it. However, if you know in your heart that there’s no changing that person, you may have to use your wisdom to just let it go and move forward.
A person with no understanding of an issue is not a person that you should listen to.
3. “Character Cannot Be Developed in Ease and Quiet”
This quote comes from Hellen Keller.
We used this quote last because it’s meant to serve as a reminder of what’s to come. Have you have had to spend time with someone who had suffered no hardship, dealt with no pain, and made no sacrifices?
Typically, these people are hard to relate to on many levels because their worlds haven’t been put into perspective. They haven’t faced the reality of losing their mental well-being and their social life as a result.
As you suffer through this period of life, remember how good it will feel to come out of it on top. The more you experience this pain, the more your cup will be carved out so that it can be filled more. There is real value in depression.
Think about it like walking through a vast desert and coming out, only to find a glass of cold water to drink. That water will taste infinitely better than it would have had you yet to enter that desert.
Further, you’ll be able to help others when you’re out of this feeling. There are bound to be people in your life down the line who will suffer from depression, too If you’re open and honest about your experiences, you’ll break that stigma so that others can feel comfortable talking about their depression openly as well.
It can be lonely out there, as you know. Work hard so that you can a helping hand down the line.
Finally, you’ll be rewarded when you get out of this bout of depression. When you do legitimate work to feel better, strike your depression at the source, and come to a lasting sense of well-being, you are going to appreciate life and all it has to offer a little more than you did before.
Liken it to running around with a wet blanket over you, wrapped tightly around your body. When that blanket’s gone, you’re going to cherish the wind on your face, the feeling of your legs spreading and sprinting faster than they did before, and the general feeling of freedom that you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Need Any More Inspiration?
Hopefully, these depression quotes can help you gear up to get out of depression. While we know that it’s a lot easier said than done, we’re hoping that you can make strides to feel better again.
If you’re in need of more inspirational quotes, we’ve loads for you to keep your head high and make improvements.