40 Depression and Anxiety Quotes, Effective Treatment and Recovery Inspirations

40 Depression and Anxiety Quotes, Treatment Options, Inspirations for Recovery

What Is Depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. In addition, it can lead to various emotional and physical problems and decrease your ability to function at work and home [3].

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, hand-wringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty.
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatment and Help: Talk therapy with a trained counselor or psychotherapist, exercise, and support groups are available options. Antidepressants are also sometimes prescribed. All therapy should involve identifying stress factors and sources of support, and individuals should maintain social networks and activities. 

Whether you suffer from daily depression or get bouts of depressed feelings dealing with the isolation of the pandemic, it’s important to remember you’re not alone and that others feel your pain and care for you. However, it’s not always easy to express yourself and the moods you’re feeling. Sometimes, it’s refreshing to read a few words from others who are feeling similar to you. We rounded up 20 quotes about depression to make you feel not alone. So, the next time you’re looking for words to express yourself, this handy list of depression quotes will be there for you.

Depression and anxiety quotes can serve as self-care mantras to help you better manage your mental health.
Depression and anxiety quotes can serve as self-care mantras to help you better manage your mental health. 

Difference between Depression and Anxiety Quotes

Depression Quotes

1. “I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.” — Dwayne Johnson

2. “You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.” ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

3. “Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” ― Stephen Fry

4. “People who have never dealt with depression think it’s just being sad or being in a bad mood. That’s not what depression is for me; it’s falling into a state of grayness and numbness.” — Dan Reynolds

5.  “I go through a lot of depression, and I know other people do, too, but I have an outlet that so many people don’t. If you have that inside of you and can’t get it out, what do you do?” – Billie Eilish

6. “A big part of depression is feeling lonely, even if you’re in a room full of a million people.” — Lilly Singh

7.  “When all these people surround you, it can be lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anyone or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re alone.” ― Fiona Apple

8. “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say, ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say, ‘My heart is broken.’ ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

9. “Depression, for me, has been a couple of different things – but the first time I felt it, I felt helpless, hopeless, and things I had never felt before. I lost myself and my will to live.” — Ginger Zee

10. “That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible ever to see the end.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

11. “I am bent, but not broken. I am scared but not disfigured. I am sad but not hopeless. I am tired but not powerless. I am angry but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous

12. “I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”― Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

13. “I have depression. But I prefer to say, ‘I battle’ depression instead of ‘I suffer with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on.” — Anonymous

14. “Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is.” — Atticus, Love Her Wild

15. “It is tough to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” – Matt Haig

16. “There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold – with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

17. “Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.” – Elizabeth Wentzel

18. “Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.” – Janet Fitch

19. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not, and often we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

20. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

Motivational depression and anxiety Quotes that would surely make your mind relax. 
Motivational depression and anxiety Quotes that would surely make your mind relax. 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common emotion when dealing with daily stresses and problems. But anxiety becomes a disorder when these emotions are persistent, excessive and irrational, and affect a person’s ability to function. There are different anxiety disorders, including phobias, panic and stress conditions, and obsessive-compulsive disorder[1]. 

Symptoms: Apprehension, confusion, on edge, a sense of helplessness, repeated negative thoughts, muscle tension, palpitations, and difficulty breathing

Treatment and Help: Simple strategies, such as relaxation techniques and regular exercise, effectively reduce anxiety and contribute to emotional well-being. Psychotherapy can help and is sometimes used together with medication to reduce and eliminate signs and symptoms. 

Anxiety Quotes

1. “I couldn’t be with people and I didn’t want to be alone. Suddenly my perspective whooshed and I was far out in space, watching the world. I could see millions and millions of people, all slotted into their lives; then I could see me—I’d lost my place in the universe. It had closed up and there was nowhere for me to be. I was more lost than I had known it was possible for any human being to be.” ― Marian Keyes, Anybody Out There?

2. “I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full.” ― Sylvia Plath

3. “Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression’s actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”― Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

4.  “When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgmental.” – Marion Cotillard

5. “It is important not to suppress your feelings altogether when you are depressed. It is equally important to avoid terrible arguments or expressions of outrage. You should steer clear of emotionally damaging behavior. People forgive, but it is best not to stir things up to the point at which forgiveness is required. When you are depressed, you need the love of other people, and yet depression fosters actions that destroy that love. Depressed people often stick pins into their own life rafts. The conscious mind can intervene. One is not helpless.”― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

6. “Depression on my left. Loneliness on my right. They don’t need to show me their badges. I know these guys very well.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

7. “Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.” ― Jasmine Warga, My Heart, and Other Black Holes

8.  “Sometimes I just think depression’s one way of coping with the world. Like, some people get drunk, some people do drugs, some people get depressed. Because there’s so much stuff out there that you have to do something to deal with it.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

9. “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” ― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

10.  “That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

11. “It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame, and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.” ― Stephen Fry, Moab Is My Washpot

12. “When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people understood that.” — Anonymous

13. “Depression is feeling like you’ve lost something but having no clue when or where you last had it. Then one day you realize what you lost is yourself.” — Anonymous

14. “People think depression is sadness. People think depression is crying. People think depression is dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. Being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go to bed again.” — Anonymous

15. “Every day is a second chance.” — Anonymous

16. “I need one of those long hugs where you kinda forget whatever else is happening around you for a minute.” — Marilyn Monroe

17. “You’re not a bad person for the ways you tried to kill your sadness.” — Anonymous

18. “I don’t want to do anything. I don’t even want to start this day because then I’ll just be expected to finish it.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

19. “Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure, but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends, but hate socializing. It’s wanting to be alone, but not wanting to be lonely. It’s feeling everything at once then feeling paralyzingly numb.” — Anonymous

20. “If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.” — Stephen Fry

Anxiety and Depression

If you have an anxiety disorder, you may also be depressed. While anxiety and depression can occur separately, it’s not unusual for these mental health disorders to happen together.

Anxiety can be a symptom of clinical or major depression. Likewise, worsening symptoms of depression can be triggered by an anxiety disorder.

Symptoms of both conditions can be managed with many of the same mental health treatments: psychotherapy (counseling), medications, and lifestyle changes[1][3].

At We Level Up Treatment Center provides world-class care with round-the-clock medical professionals available to help you cope. In addition, we work as an integrated team providing information about depression and anxiety quotes and other aspects of treatment. Make this your opportunity to reclaim your life. Call today to speak with one of our treatment specialists. Our specialists know what you are going through and will answer any of your questions.

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