Clinical depression is an illness that people cannot fully understand unless you are dealing with it first-hand. How do you try and describe depression to other people?
I ask people to imagine having to carry about fifty pounds on your back, following you around, while you work or socialize with friends. That physical pain is comparable to the amount depression weighs on a person. Furthermore, a person can only carry that weight for so long before exhausting their strength and causing injury. Much like physical incapacitation, depression isn't something you can overcome with will power or strength. Similarly, it takes a lot of time, rehab, and pain management to heal.
I often describe depression as a paint bucket filled with really dark colors - and then I let them imagine smudges of darkness fill in their line of sight over and over, as if it's an entire new layer of dark-colored things blocking their vision. Similar to sepia only it's really really dark and, well, sad. Aside from this, I let them imagine that depression is some sort of a chain that tries to drag us back to bed and just force us to sleep, or someone chains that try to block us from smiling whatever happens.
I just describe it as a sick feeling. Constantly tired and bogged down. The feeling of being out of wack and not in reality, or how you feel like you should feel.
I describe depression as a shadow. It's just there, behind you, following you even when the sun is high. You cannot work without it. You smile even though it's hurting inside. You try to do day to day things as normal as possible even though deep inside you have that greyness and blackness haunting you.
Dеprеssiоn is а mеntаl illnеss. It саn саusе thе suffеrеr tо lоsе intеrеst in thе intеrеsts аnd асtivitiеs thеy usеd tо еnjоy, еxtinguish аny еnеrgy оr mоtivаtiоn, аnd саusе сrippling sаdnеss. I pеrsоnаlly hаvе fоund my dеprеssiоn sаps my sеlf-еstееm аnd mаkеs mе fееl wоrthlеss. I аlsо hаvе issuеs with mоtivаtiоn thаt lеаvе mе еvеn mоrе dеprеssеd bесаusе I didn't соmplеtе tаsks. I nееd tо stеp bасk аnd lооk аt my situаtiоn аs if it wаs my friеnd tеlling mе thеir wоrriеs in оrdеr tо hеlp mysеlf gеt bасk оn trасk. Dеprеssiоn isn't а sign оf wеаknеss - it's а sign thаt pеоplе hаvе bееn strоng fоr tоо lоng.
The only way i can describe depression is as a very dark and lonely place. Where it feels the entire world is against you and you have no hope for tomorrow. Your head is cloudy and there is no clear path to peace of mind