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Unread 08-25-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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I've been told I get depression. I honestly am not sure if I can say what it feels like. I can identify anxiety all too well. But depression, not so easily. It's been described as the blues, feeling sad, I can not even tell what that is. It may sound crazy to some of you. But even when I lost my son in a drowning accident and ended up hospitalized for "depression" I can't say what I felt was actually depression. It was more anger and void and hurt. Is that depression? Please feel free to hop in here and describe how your depression feels like to you as if you were trying to describe a color to a blind person. Thanks in advance!
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Like a huge heavy rock on top of you where you are unable to express anything and the world is coloured black...

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For me it is a complete loss of caring. Not caring about self ,family ,finances anything.. Thank god my wife is keeping the world turning.
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Apathy,loss of interest in everything. Black.Once I lost seeing in color for about 3 weeks. Pain,the whole body hurts. Can't communicate, can't hardly move.

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For me it was a numbness that made me not care about anything or anone especially myself. For a long time I didn't believe that I was depressed. My doctor said I was but I didnt believe him. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I can't imagine what that has been like for you. Best wishes.
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I think you summed it up well. Anger, void, hurt. Black.
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Like a huge heavy rock on top of you where you are unable to express anything and the world is coloured black...

I agree with this feeling.
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I feel like a void. Like my bones have been hollowed out and my body cannot feel. I get exhausted. I fall silent. I hide away. It's my monster.
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I've never been diagnosed with depression (one pDoc suggested manic depressive and current t says I have the signs/symptoms but i'm just letting you know "i'm not official"). But in my experience, my depression is having a lot of emotions and becoming overwhelmed and eventually numb.

I can be with a group of friends, all having a good time. And one (just one) little comment can make me feel like they don't really like me, they're just putting up with me.

I start to stress out easily and tasks become so overwhelming that I can no longer do even small things in an appropriate time.

I get really snappy at other people just because "I don't feel like being bothered"

I want isolation or I want to be around someone (anyone) a lot. (Not always the best coping mechanism).

And my most common sign (which is actually admirable to some people) is my lack of caring about anything. Things that would, should, stress the common person out, I'm usually like "You know what? Just fudge it. i'm over this."
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For me, depression is many things:
*being in a room full of people and feeling completely alone (even though said people are friends)
*no emotions whatsoever - a void that is filled with a constant sadness, melancholy, etc
*loss of interest in life, but no energy to do anything about it
*sometimes, before I hit the depths, all I want to do is cry, and I often do - when I get so deep into my depression is when the emotions disappear
*getting out of bed is hard, impossible at times, as is taking care of basic needs - showering, eating, etc

If it lasts a day or two, I don't know that it's technically depression, supposedly (and please someone correct me if I'm wrong) depression is categorized by episodes lasting multiple weeks, or recurring episodes spreading over months.
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