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Unread 10-06-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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Default What does depression feel like?

I don't know, guess I am just wondering what does it "feel" like to be depressed. You can't see it. So I guess it is how one feels. Sooo, how does one feel when one is depressed...

Maybe I've been in denial and numb so long that I just take it for granted that the way I feel is just the way I feel which has become a "normal" feeling for me.......
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Unread 10-06-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
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For me depression feels like a heavy weight bearing down on me. It sucks the life energy out of me and makes every little thing exhausting. And yet, despite feelings of exhaustion there is also an inner agitation and restlessness that offers no chance of peace. It's a very physical feeling in my body. My limbs feel leaden. I have aches and pains and a general malaise similar to being sick with the flu. I don't want to do anything. And yet I can't stand doing nothing either. I have feelings of sadness and grief. Sometimes I have feelings of anger. Almost always feelings of self-hatred. I want to escape the feeling, but don't know how. I feel trapped in my own mind.

That's how I feel when I'm depressed.

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Unread 10-06-2010, 02:42 PM   #3
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Default Re: What does depression feel like?

Boy Sundog, I can relate. Your description is right on for me too...
I guess I would add that on really bad days I have the "broken heart" feeling. I have this weight in my chest that I just can't get rid of and simply always want to break down in tears.
But on days like today I just feel tired.
Not tired like I need to sleep and will wake up well rested and ready to face the day. I wish for that. It is a different kind of tired. Sort of... tired and very confused. Listless. The way I get by is to simply have no extraneous movements.
The furthest I have been able to go today is doing housework.
I am trying to simply be proud of that.
I meant to get out and look for work but today I have given up on it again.
It's rainy and horrible outside and I know I will feel worse if I go out there...
So taking care of the house is it for me.
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Sundog's description was very good.

For me it's like being stuck at the bottom of a deep, dark well. I can see a way out (a ladder) but I either don't want to climb or can't find the energy to climb, so I stay stuck. Everything just takes sooo much effort. It's like swimming in treacle. Just making a cup of tea can leave me exhausted some days.
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Like sundag. Add a deep and gnawing, frozen core of something inside, like an animal or a dormant rage that is clawing around, more lost than really trying to escape. And anxiety that feels like an abyss will open up at any second right infront of my feet. Yech!!!!!!
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Unread 10-06-2010, 04:54 PM   #6
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Life doesn't seem worth living. I try to escape life through sleep and while awake I think about death. Each movement takes a major decision. Its easier to pull the blanket over my head.
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Whoa sundog hit the nose with this one. But in addition to sundog and everyone who has posted, I feel consumed with non-important issues in my life instead of looking/concentrating on the main issue of my depression.
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Like sundog and shattered glass inside (where my heart is)
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Can't think of anyhting to add all the above says it all . I would just like to fall asleep and not wake up.
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It's living hell with torment and torture thrown in for good measure &
Never ending tears of sadness

It's like being punched in the gut and having your heart ripped out of your chest at the same time &
Never ending tears of sadness

It's like being run over by a truck and then having the truck driver run to you and start laughing &
Never ending tears of sadness

It tricks you into thinking all is well so it can come back and start the vicious cycle all over again &
Never ending tears of sadness

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