What It Feels Like To Have Depression | Body Language


When I tell people
I took a year off uni, I always say
it’s because I was unwell. But I never say
I was mentally unwell. I know people
will react differently, but it shouldn’t be that way. Those two statements
should be treated the same. I think the first time I told
someone I was depressed I was 11. And they were like, “You’re 11. “Do you even possess
the complexity to be depressed?” When I was younger, I’d let
my thoughts just run away from me, and they’d usually end up like
a very dark Shakespeare tragedy, but with more
people of colour in it. Very gloomy, very sad. Later, as a teenager,
I’d put on this black coat and sneak out of school
to walk around town. My friends were
quite literal about it. They called it my depression coat. When I arrived at uni, I… I sort of lost it. It was this crazy explosion
of trying to figure out my own personality,
make friends, adjust, and balance all my mental illness
yet to be discovered. I felt paralysed
by the stress of school. It was like someone had cranked up
the pressure in my body. And I spent a year fumbling
for the valve to turn it back down. The night before an exam,
I was in my room, the pressure had really cranked up,
then something snapped inside me. I remember thinking, “OK, I’m going to die.” I had to call my mum to tell her,
“OK, I’m not doing my exams,” and she wasn’t getting it at all. Like someone being confused
about why penguins can’t fly. “They’ve got two wings,
like all of the other birds, “so why don’t we just throw one
out of a plane?” And then I had to be like, “I tried to kill myself.” Um… Yeah. I got on medication for a while – daily intakes of sertraline
every morning with my breakfast. I used to joke to my friends, “Apparently happiness
tastes like orange juice.” I didn’t like that it sort of
made me feel a bit of a lie, like someone had just turned up some
sort of button in my psychology, or some sort of dial. So I went off it,
and the relapse was awful. It felt like someone
had taken 1,000 rubber bands and just tightened them
round my skull, and I felt very dizzy
and very nauseous. Until eventually it went away
and I was like, “Great, that’s done now.
Not doing that again.” So I didn’t decide to do a year out,
it was deemed on me. But I realised
I could use it as an opportunity and I made time to explore my mind. What worked for me in the end is not
something I could have planned for. The thing that was probably
the biggest impact for me in sort of changing my psychology and changing sort of my outlook
is being more open with everybody. What’s kind of interesting is when you have like
an open conversation with people, have a cup of tea with someone
and say, “Oh, yeah, here’s what “I did in my year out, blah blah
blah, and here’s why I was unwell,” you realise that other people
have gone through that, and it’s hilariously normal. I did a big Facebook post saying,
“Hello, everybody, it’s me. “I’ve been very depressed
and suicidal. How are you?” And then sort of ran away from
my laptop like I’d just released some sort of naked photos
on the internet. But, you know, not only was there
lots of loving feedback coming back, but it was this sort of liberation
that I had taken control of the thing that I’m hiding from
and it’s now mine.

100 thoughts on “What It Feels Like To Have Depression | Body Language”

  1. If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, the following organisations offer advice and support:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4WLs5NlwrySXJR2n8Snszdg/emotional-distress-information-and-support

  2. Depression is a monster but also a best friend, and you are scared of lose her…
    She was always been with me and in my own way I love her but I hate the most in the world…

  3. I have an iPad and I can’t call any suicide prevention place and I don’t wanna tell anybody, btw I’m 10

  4. I've never felt so empty and sad and stressed rolled into one. I literally don't have anybody there for me. I just sit here and cry and go to sleep crying and don't ever get a proper night sleep. I'm exhausted mentally and physically and people say I'm a miserable cow.

  5. unless you personally experience depression you won’t get it. i think its a chemical imbalance of hormones in the brain nothing to do with life. someone can be poor and super happy someone rich very unhappy.

  6. I can relate to the depressed coat. People say it's like being in a deep, dark hole but for me its always felt more like having a thick, heavy blanket over your shoulders all day every day ever season, or like seeing everyone enjoying the summer sun but not being able to yourself because you have a cold.

  7. nobody is telling teens it's okay to be happy and i'm just here like lol am i supposed to be depressed i am confused.

  8. I'll never consider taking flouexitine again, it's evil shit. I lost a decade, a wife, my parents, 20 years of mortgage payments and can't remember the feeling of the memories from that time it's like someone else was living in my life space and I was powerless to participate. O

  9. Being made to feel guilty or responsible for being unwell mentally by those that don't understand is another kick in the balls.

  10. My personal experience with it is being able to feel happy but it’s dulled down to the point where it isn’t enjoyable, I’m tired all the time, I’m stressed out all the time, and my emotions are dulled down. It’s super hard to explain but things that used to be enjoyable or things that are meant to be enjoyable are dull your constantly in your head.

  11. I can’t even function. It’s been a couple months but everyday is a struggle. Especially when you’re hopeless. I don’t understand how some people can be depressed for years this shit sucks

  12. It feels like nothing but the task matters. Because it never can. My ancestors put in more work than any of you cock breathes have, so understand a rock is a rock is a rock.

  13. when I got a panic attack in 6th grade and came home then started to cry my father actually yelled at me. my mom indirectly called me 'coward'
    and even today I have tremendous amount of stress in very moment. I hope they'll cry soon…

  14. "Oh dont worry! Im fine!"

    I said that walking away while walking to the bathroom and slolwy running, I looked in the mirror and cry, I cried because of how much pain I was in, how many lies I've told, a sudden flshback, stress, and it was always like that for me. I'd look in the mirror crying, and I'd hear voices in my head, "You're not good enough!" "You're so weak!" "You're so ugly! Look at yourself!" And no matter how much I tried to stop the voices, they just kept on repeating again and again in my head, I eventually started to agree with the voices, everyday I'd tell myself how worthless, stupid, weak, I am. Not to mention school work and stress, I got to a point where I was leaning towards suicidal thoughts, eventually, I just became uncapable of smiling, being happy, singing, it all disappeard. I could smile infront of others, but for myself? No.. I even stopped crying. I became emotionless and empty. And if I did think about something, it was probably something suicidal, it was kinda like I was emotionally uncapable of having the will to do anything, to a point where in school, I would just go to sleep and dream about suicide and self harm, even to a point that eating and drinking didnt feel real anymore.

    This is what I went through everyday.
    But somehow, I ended up getting better! If you saw how helpless I was in that story, and you can RELATE? Know that IT WILL BE OK. I thought I had no hope, but… God still helped me… No matter who or what you believe in, or what you are and who you are, I believe that you can get better! Take me as your supporter. I care about you❤

  15. Go to see gp doctor and get some medicine. It will help . Otherwise you will turn it more heavy and take long time to fix like me right now. So you still got signs early now. Better get medicine. Just only medicine helps you balance your mood and sleep. Thinking less

  16. Depression make you no motivation, always sit alone, dont like to talk with anyone or share because they are talkative. You will always attract a lot strangers negative from internet because this is fantasy and fake life where you easily get suck . But with us. I show us are real so trust in me. Reduce face to face with negative people even mesages. Their messages always attract you and provoke you a lot. They have many way to harm you even from far away.
    However depression make you sad all the times. Less happier. Always anxious and thinking so much concentrate only one thing and make you stress, cant sleep too. You headache, if you have medicine it will control your mood. Medicine will helps better . Believe me

  17. If you have to work in highly difficult condition. You need more vitamin helps sleeping and medicine for balance your mood( depression)must provide by gp doctor

  18. I remember thinking that there was this big rock in my head. I guess that's similar way of explaining how depression can feel.

  19. People Don’t Want to
    Kill Themselves They Just Don’t Know How to Kill the Pain!!!!!!!!!

    Every Thunderstorm
    Runs Out of Rain!!!!!!

  20. THE best way when feeling depressed is to Contact hospital. Dont try selfmedication like point electromagnetics waves in People and make Them bald. Thats just wont work . All that Will lead nowere.

  21. There are things in life, that doesn't go well…manipulation, taking advantages of you and laugh at you. You felt like trash…you're nobody, maybe it's best if you are "gone". You lost your trust to everyone, you don't trust anything…and started to think…this is life…welcome to my world, i put on a smile so my parents won't worried about me. i am weak…i want to go…forever…

    Well…i'd say there is a hope in everything. i am fine now, if anyone read this. if i can do it, so can you. don't let the dark cloud take over you.

  22. The anxiety is what almost killed me in the end. That constant rock in your stomach 7 years straight with no break.

  23. I had the exact same experience… I had to take a year out too because of depression. I made an excuse as to why but I should have been more honest with people! The more we talk about mental health the better

  24. In the middle of the 10s people started to fake it so its hard to see if somebody is depressed today (im not depressed)

  25. It all returns to nothing, I just keep tumnling down, tumbling down, tumbling down
    It all returns to nothing, I just keep letting me down, letting me down, letting me down

  26. depression is like being alive and dead at the same time, you question everything about life like why no one cares about you/no one knows what you're going through and when you tell them they would pity you ask you stuff and tell you things that don't even help like "why are you even depressed?" or "you'll get over it"

    I'm alive but why? I don't feel anything in me , I feel like I'm nothing…

  27. in my case, being depressed is not being sad. its being numb and feeling nothing. not sad, not bad, just nothing. emotionless, thats how i feel

  28. You don't live with it you exist. I could fight it when i was 18, I can't now its and only hope that one day there is a better life. I wanted it to be this life tho. Being gay was something which I wasn't equipped to deal with in life which has not helped

  29. depression in my case feels like I'm about to die everyday and every night is another battle. every night I think "what if I die in my sleep?" and everyday I wake up to the thought of "I'm gonna have to face nighttime again"
    everyday I'm scared and tired

  30. I honestly just feel like empty and its wierd because not 1 year ago i had motivation and hope to do alot of things but now all of a sudden i have no motivation i oversleep and still feel restless and i feel like nothing i do can give me any help rn life just feels pointless not that im suicidal or anything it just does feel pointless like if someone were to give me a death threat today I wouldn’t really care & i try telling myself i dont have depression cause i cant understand it myself its like i have a mental block preventing me from doing anything and my procrastination is extremely bad the highlight of my day is Netflix and sleep even though i wanna get up and actually be productive and 9th grade is starting which means this is a terrible time to feel like this but im scared to tell anyone

  31. Depression is the slow draining of positivity in your life. You slowly become more aware of what is wrong with the world and only focus on that. You begin to over analyze conversations and interactions with others and make yourself go crazy about things they said or you said..it makes you feel trapped in this square box only big enough for your own body..and it toys with your common sense a lot..it’s ruined my life, and..I wish I could summon the courage to get help

  32. I don't even know why I feel like this. I have no reason to and it makes me feel guilty because I do feel like this. Whenever I tell my friends they say its ok you'll be fine just go pray or something and I know if I tell my family they are gonna say mental illness isn't real or it's just the devil. (They are very religious Muslims) . Everyday I randomly think about suicide and I'm always crying and I have no idea why.

  33. If I would have to describe depression to a non-depressed person who has never been depressed before as well, I would say it feels like an empty dark room without windows nor doors. Even if you would manage to get out of that metaphorical room by the affect of your mind, that would also be temporary since that room is awaiting for you considering your mind is not strong enough to keep you from there forever. Once you get in again, that is when the feeling of emptiness starts, so that's the reason why I associated it with an empty room.

  34. whenever i tell my mum that i’m depressed, she just always says, 'oh, dont worry, none of our family members have mental illnesses and its just puberty or something.'
    like, r u kidding me?

  35. People think depression is when you feel down or if you don't feel like chering up. NO. It will not amount to anything. It's the feeling of isolation, or grieving about something you lost, perhaps a part of you that died. It's like getting lost into oblivion, everything seems meaningless, including previous accomplishments and what had given life meaning. You feel as though you will never be happy again. It feels like you do not deserve to be looked at, listened to or be given attention because you give a little value to your existence. And the worst part is you don't have the words to describe it to someone so they could understand how it's eating you up alive and you just wanted to be saved.

  36. My name is Lindo and I just started my channel talking about my depression, getting through life on a daily basis. please join me in my journey and hopefully we can help each other and support through out.
    Thank you.

  37. That first part hit me. When I was 12 I had a strong feeling that I had depression but nobody took it seriously.

  38. Wow.. memory is a beautiful thing..
    But it only works if a person leaves something to remember them by after they die… Or commit suicide..

  39. when i read the comments and watch these videos it helps me cry. i cry for hours at night so i don’t have to tomorrow, i don’t know if i’m depressed or if i’m in an unbelievable amount of sorrow

  40. am depressed to man and am 11 as well I've felt this way for 6 or 7 years I even tried to kill myself at 5 I know that's crazy but it felt normal to me then most of my life was just depression.

  41. Yeah, suicidal persons need help but sometimes "help" is what makes you suicidal. I never used to be suicidal before I take antidepressants. I,ve taken ADs for mild anxiety, and they left me absolutely impotent for 9 months till now. Im off medications and Im still absolutely impotent -this condition is called PSSD – post Ssri sexual disfunction (google it) . It is persistent and there is no cure. I'm also severly anhedonic. Now Im really suicidal because I have na ability to make love and have sex for the rest of my life. What am I supposed to do? To take that poisons again to prevent me from suicide and live castrated for the rest of my life??? No way. At least, pills didnt destroy my dignity!

  42. Depression is weird it feels different to other things your thoughts keep going and going until they evolve into something bad and depression isn’t even just feeling sadness u feel nothingness in your head and it gets lonely and frustrating and changes your views on the world I heard a really good quote that sums this up really well

    “You look around and u see that everyone likes you but nobody loves you and that’s the loneliest feeling in the world “

  43. Can you please answer me this question, how much time can depresion happen, i have been what I think depressed for about 7 months now, and I don't know if I am ok or not, i don't know if I am just sad like everyone says and naming the sadness depression i don't think i know what happiness is now. Please answer me.

  44. When you’re depressed, even when doing the most entertaining things ever, it simply feels like a distraction from how you’re really feeling. Makes me feel worse

  45. The truth is that nobody can endure a depressed person for too long, it causes discomfort to others. They expect you to snap out of it after a 10 min pep talk. "Oh come on, think of all the good stuff in your life. Lets have a drink and you'll be fine." I get that, I truly do. So an "I'm fine,' smile is what I use to comfort others.

  46. depression to me is like no joy in anything, and you wish you were somebody else, anybody else with nothing to look forward to

  47. I got a friend back in High School. He was tall, had black hair, dimples, blue eyes and a cute damn smile. The only problem is that he was very depressed and had so many anxieties and insecurities. His friend never listened to his problems. But I did.
    Whenever he was depressing, he would just sit somewhere and spoken nothing, but just watch.
    He used to do it even if we was at movies, at school or even at a party. But I never stopped him from being depressing, because it could occur into worse. On the other hand, I helped him to get over his depression. It took me 3 years.
    He never attempted suicide, never being sad. Just overthinking and being silent.
    Now he's happy.. with me and we're engaged. 😁

  48. Depression is for weaklings. This world can be handled only by the strongest.
    "The old and weak are doomed." ~Blaskowicz (Wolfenstein 2).

  49. It feels like my soul is trapped and my mind is aware of it but it's so confused and stressed about not being able to get it out that I lost my appetite and the constant pain of the cage and weight of it in my chest keeps haunting my days and now my mind is fighting a lonely battle against the world I'm facing now and it can't do it. The cage is keeping me to my bed and my mind is too tired to fight against it or control my emotions and everytime something small comes up we don't know what to do besides angry or sad because the only two feelings left after my soul is gone are those. The mechanisms, my protection

    That's what it feels like. Exactly what it feels like

  50. i haven't go to a psychiatrist and im not yet diagnosed of having depression , but i know to myself that i have , these past days i've been thinking about suicidal thoughts and i got dropped from my school because i couldn't take my exams , i was sick that time and i was always absent in the class due to my depression .. i actually dont know what to do now everyone is getting mad at me and not just them , im mad at myself for being like this and they will ask me where did i get my depression and i just couldn't answer

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