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Laundry II: A Secret Sign of Depression

There are such insightful and helpful comments written on my initial post “Laundry: A Secret Sign of Depression” that I wanted to share another interesting observation about another laundry sign that I’ve recently noticed in my life.

Initially my laundry basket was empty cause I was wearing the same clothes everyday over and over again. Yet, finally, once I had a full load of laundry ready to clean, I put it in the washer and dryer and left it there. I found myself opening it up here and there to grab clothes that I needed but, for some reason, I couldn’t get myself to take it out, fold it, and put it away.  This has never happened and even now, a week later, my clothes are still sitting in the dryer.  It’s the weirdest thing. Why can’t I productively take it out and take five minutes to fold it.

Obviously I am going through a hard time but I wonder when I’ll do what I have always done in a timely fashion and get the clothes out and back in the closet. Am I going to continue to take items out that I need to wear until all the clothes are gone?

Am I that lazy? I don’t think so. I think the fact I haven’t taken care of it is a great tool to understand my depression and how it manifests itself.

When you are depressed is your laundry all over your place? Shoved in some closet somewhere? I strongly encourage you to read some of the comments made during this first post on laundry.  It might help you and everyone knows that managing and enduring a depression takes on many forms, and even something that appears to be small is really a great sign of how you are doing. At the very least once your laundry chores return to normal you’ll know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And you’ll also know signs to look out for should you fall into a depression in the future.

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Laundry II: 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 and Undressed.

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Loberg, E. (2015). Laundry II: A Secret Sign of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, from


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