Sadness is a feeling we all experience from time to time. We probably wouldn’t know what happiness was without it. But what if the sadness won’t go away and turns into hopelessness and despair?
Editor’s Note: Struggling and feeling hopeless? You are not alone. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
According to the World Health Organization, depression is a common mental illness with more than 300 million people affected worldwide.
How depression manifests varies from person to person, but its symptoms include feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in daily activities once enjoyed, sleep and appetite changes, irritability, problems focusing, loss of energy, feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness. The more symptoms you might have, the more serious your condition might be — and it’s imperative to seek professional help.
The good news is that with help and support and adequate treatment, those symptoms can be improved.
Meanwhile, enjoy our list of depression quotes that will help you remember there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.
— Madeleine L’Engle
Once you choose hope, anything is possible.
— Christopher Reeve
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you will start having positive results.
– Willie Nelson
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.
– Agatha Christie
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
— Richard Bach
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
— St. Francis of Assisi
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.
— Joyce Meyer
If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk. ― Hippocrates
There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.
If you’re going through Hell, keep going.
It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
— Isaac Asimov
You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
— Louise L. Hay
In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
— Albert Camus
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now — and do it.
— William Durant
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
— Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.
— Alexander Graham Bell
Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’m possible!
– Audrey Hepburn