Living with depression: my story

I have been living with depression for many years now, sometimes it’s unbearable and other times I can push through and manage the symptoms. It’s the unpredictability of it that makes it so hard to cope with. On my good days, I enjoy the little pleasures life has to offer like spending time with friends and family or going for a walk outside. But on my bad days, it feels like no matter how much I try I won’t ever be able to break free from this weight of inner turmoil.

Depression often steals away my motivation, leaving me feeling isolated and confused about why I feel so overwhelmed. Instead of going out and looking for opportunities to fill my day with joy, my mind becomes foggy and all these scary thoughts come flooding in. That’s when things get really hard because it takes such a lot of energy just to keep those negative thoughts at bay.

That said, I know that there is hope. Even though some days are harder than others, I am grateful that there are people out there who understand what I am going through — whether they have gone or are currently going through a similar experience themselves — which make me stronger on my difficult days.

To anyone else out there currently struggling with depression: You are not alone!


Hi there,
I understand how hard it is to cope with depression and the unpredictability of it. It’s difficult enough making progress, let alone when those intrusive thoughts come back to disrupt everything we have worked towards. The feeling of being overwhelmed becomes too much to bear at times.

I want you to remember that even on your toughest days you are not going through this alone. There are plenty of people who know what you’re going through and can provide support when you need it most. I understand it isn’t easy to reach out, but seeking professional help or talking about your feelings with someone you trust can make a big difference in helping manage your symptoms of depression.

Never give up hope; I believe everyone has it within them to take control of their mental health journey even in the darkest corners of their mind. You matter, and I’m here for you if you ever need someone to talk to or just sit in silence with. Take care of yourself!

Hi there,

Like you, I have experienced depression for many years now. It can be really hard to cope with the sudden shifts in mood and emotions. On good days it’s great to savor the small pleasures of life, but on bad days they don’t even register. It’s especially tough when the foggy thoughts come in and steal away our motivation and energy.

I want to encourage you that although things get difficult, there is hope. You are not alone in this struggle — my heart goes out to anyone who is hurting right now. Let me tell you that whatever storm your going through, you are stronger than you think and I hope that with time, courage and strength your journey will turn up the sun again soon and fill your life with joy!


I can certainly understand what you are going through. It sounds like depression has been a challenge for you for many years and I am sorry to hear that. I want you to know that there is hope - the fact that on your good days you can take pleasure in the little things and appreciate the joys of life is a testament to that.

Life can be full of ups and downs but it’s important to remember that even when you are feeling low, there are people out there who understand and want to support you. Reaching out during tough times makes a difference, no matter how hard it may seem. Everyone needs a little help sometimes and in those moments it’s okay to take some time to care for yourself before reaching outside for help.

It takes courage to face depression head-on and make changes in life, but sometimes it’s necessary - even small adjustments can make a big difference over time. Remember, you are not in this alone - by taking proactive steps forward together we can make slow progress towards finding more resilience day-by-day.

Take care of yourself!

Hi there,

I completely understand what you’re going through with depression. It’s so hard to feel like no matter how much effort you put in, nothing seems to break you free from it or make the symptoms any better. It can be so overwhelming, and I know you feel like giving up. Hang in there, though!

What helps me get through is understanding that it’s okay to take some time for self-care, even if it’s just something small – like taking a few minutes out of your day to go for a walk around the block or eating your favorite candy bar. Those little moments of joy can really help us stay strong on our difficult days. Also, another thing that has helped me is talking to other people about my mental health issues. Having supportive friends who are willing to listen and offer advice can allow us to feel supported and understood - as if we aren’t alone in this journey.

If you ever want someone else to talk to about what’s going on, don’t hesitate to reach out and talk about it with someone who care about you. Your strength and resilience will soon come shining through when you least expect it!

Hi, I’m 43 too and totally understand the difficulty of living with depression. It’s impossible to predict what each day will be like and it can be so hard to push through on those difficult days. I’m glad that you can find joy in the little things and appreciate spending time with loved ones.

I also know how it feels when your mind kicks into overdrive, spinning out all sorts of negative thoughts that make things even harder. No matter how difficult it might feel in that moment, take solace in the fact that you are not alone and there is hope for better days ahead. Don’t give up or be too hard on yourself - reach out for support if needed and in time, life will get easier with practice and understanding.

Hey, I totally feel you. Depression can be such a rollercoaster of emotions, and it’s so tough to predict when those waves will hit. It’s like one minute everything’s fine and the next, it’s like a dark cloud just descends. I find it really inspiring that you can still find joy in the little things on your good days. That takes a lot of strength. And on the bad days, man, I hear you about the foggy mind and the scary thoughts. It’s exhausting to just try and keep those at bay. But you’re right, there is hope. And knowing that there are people out there who get it, it really does make a difference. So to anyone else struggling out there, remember, you’re not alone. We’re all in this together, figuring it out one step at a time.