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Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression

Most people think that when you’re depressed you don’t do house chores like taking out the trash, or doing the dishes, or laundry or whatever.

Depression has many faces. I don’t think you can have a list of “here are symptoms of depression” and have it fit someone’s experience of it.

Having said that, I have a new sign of depression that I recently noted.

My laundry basket isn’t full. That’s weird.  Usually when I’m depressed it might overflow a bit. It will sit there and haunt me as it tells me you’re depressed please clean me. But now it’s empty. And I’ve learned that the shades of depression are harsh and worse, seep into your existence without you necessarily taking note.

My laundry basket is empty. The shirt on my back remains.

Why? Cause when you are depressed you don’t necessarily change your clothes.

That’s worse then a full basket of clothes that you don’t clean.

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Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression

Erica Loberg

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She attended Columbia University in New York and graduated with a BA in English. She is a published poet and author of Inside the Insane, Screaming at the Void, What Men Should Know About Women, What Women Should Know About Men, Diamonds From The Rough , Undressed, and I'm Not Playing.

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Loberg, E. (2015). Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from


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