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What Does Depression Feel Like? | Primary Purpose Behavioral Health

Depression can make the weight of your every perceived failure or even imagined failure overwhelming. Sometimes depression makes sleep your only escape from sadness. There is no set rule for what depression feels like - it's unique to each person.


“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.  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

People with depression may experience:

Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness

Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep

Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness

Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation

Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide

Weight: weight gain or weight loss

Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts


Depression feels like sadness, hopelessness, isolation and pessimism. If you feel anxious or "empty" you could be clinically depressed. Many people try to self-medicate for depression by using alcohol, tobacco, prescribed or illegal substances. When self-medicating, it's easy to lose control and become addicted. For help with drug abuse or any other issue associated with depression, reach out to Primary Purpose Behavioral Health today.

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