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This Is What Depression Feels Like

depressed girlToday I am depressed. It started yesterday – the fatigue, the extreme irritability. I just thought I was crabby, but then I woke up this morning and my old friend, Depression, was lying in bed next to me. I got up and took care of the dogs (as I always do despite my many moods). Then I went back to bed. I woke up around 2. Got out of bed at 3 so I could eat some chicken soup and take one of my antidepressants. Then I went back to bed after sending my boyfriend a text message that I was depressed today and that I felt like a total loser. I like to prepare him for what he is coming home to.

So what is this depression I speak of? It is not sadness. It is hopelessness. Everything becomes hopeless – relationships, cleaning the house, my book ever being published. And it is this enormous weight. It took me an hour from the time I woke up to trudge downstairs to make soup because I needed that much time to muster the strength to move.

There is this elephant sitting on my chest trying to squish me into not breathing.

I’m so tired. Exhausted. Weary.

I don’t want to talk because I am uninterested and also because it’s too hard to move my mouth to speak. My tongue is an anvil.

And I am not cute. No, sir. I look like I’ve come down with the flu. Dark circles under my tired eyes. Blemishes out in all their glory. You can imagine what short curly hair looks like after a night and day tossing around in bed.

In this moment, I don’t want to be me. I don’t want to be beautifully bipolar. I don’t want to feel like gravity has a special effect on me causing movement to feel like running through molasses.

I can imagine nothing that will lift this weight but time. Perhaps tomorrow I will wake up beautiful again.

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This Is What Depression Feels Like

Elaina J. Martin

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APA Reference
Martin, E. (2014). This Is What Depression Feels Like. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2019, from


Last updated: 20 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Oct 2014
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