"...a veil of dark, close fog that follows you and holds you down."
"...moving through a thick, murky pool of noxious liquid, which slows your movements, thoughts and reactions."
"...your mind and heart drown in a thick black oil of hopelessness."
"...it immobilizes and exhausts, frightens, anguishes, worries, erases self-esteem..."
"We are just like everyone else-not 'crazy,' 'lazy,' 'manipulative,' 'weak,' or any other of the terrible labels applied by some segments of society. We suffer from an ILLNESS-it IS a DISEASE, just like any physical one. It also hurts us physically, so it's a double torment on us."
"Nothing feels good. Nothing is enjoyable. All the love in the world cannot fill the gaping void."
"It's not that I don't care about anyone else, but the pain has so engulfed me that I cannot respond to much else."
"It's like drowning in a swimming pool while everyone else enjoys drinks and chatting on the deck."
"...like a vacuum...all hope and belief in a brighter future disappear into it. Everything is slowed..sounds, movement and thinking. There is a disconnection with life and everything around me...it's like being a bubble that muffles and slows the natural processes...a bubble of black mud."
"Lead balloons tied to my limbs make exercise and everyday chores a battle of endurance. Dark thoughts, finding nothing about myself that I like...and suicidal thoughts, when there seems no hope and only darkness. Fighting those off is exhausting."
"...motivation is non-existent. It's an insidious illness, saps a person of life silently...catches people unawares."
"The brain is no less an organ than others are. Depression is not something a person gives himself, wishes upon himself, or invents for sympathy or excuses. It is a REAL disease and has a biological basis. The brain needs medicine to adjust-no different than a heart that needs medicine to function well. We are not 'different'-we just suffer alone and have to battle a formidable enemy."