"Looking for a Depression Quote to use for encouragement?"

Here are a few of worthy recognition along with my insights:

>>> Depression Quote #1:

“I cling to depression, thinking it a form of truth.”

(- Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986). The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.)

My Response:

In my life, depression forced me to recognize truth. It forced me to evaluate who my true friends were, if my philosophy of life was accurate and if my efforts were in vain.

>>> Depression Quote #2:

“When depression is stigmatized as illness and weakness, a double bind is created: If we admit to depression, we will be stigmatized by others; if we feel it but do not admit it, we stigmatize ourselves, internalizing the social judgment…. The only remaining choice may be truly sick behavior: to experience no emotion at all.”

(- Lesley Hazelton / The Right to Feel Bad Dial 84 / The World: Medicine: Psychiatry & Psychology. Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, compiled by James B. Simpson. 1988.)

My Response:

Admitting that we suffer with depression is NOT a bad thing but a good opportunity to address our lifestyle and habits. It is an opportunity to BECOME better – better people, better moms and dads, better friends and spouses. But some of us still think it is a sign of weakness. This depression quote reminds us that the sooner we accept that we need to make some changes, the sooner we can make progress.

>>> Depression Quote #3:

“If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling.”

(- Dr R W Shepherd / Vogue Jul 78 / The World: Medicine: Psychiatry & Psychology / Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, compiled by James B. Simpson. 1988.)

My Response:

This depression quote was so true for me. I applied my love of researching to learning more about my illness. My knowledge became power. The success came when I applied it.

>>> Depression Quote #4:

“If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom rather than the depression itself.”

(- Dr Rollo May / Paulus Harper & Row 73 / The World: Medicine: Psychiatry & Psychology / Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, compiled by James B. Simpson. 1988.)

My Response:

Like I said before, admitting that we have depression is sometimes half the battle. Then understanding it and what causes it can bring freedom. That’s why we built this site for you. Importantly, others around us can then be invited to help us instead of act like nothings wrong which only makes things worse.

>>> Depression Quote #5:

“The proliferation of support groups suggests to me that too many Americans are growing up in homes that do not contain a grandmother. A home without a grandmother is like an egg without salt.... The emotionally satisfying discussions that take place in Chronic Pain Outreach and Depression Resources are simply updated versions of the grandmotherly practice of hanging crepe. We could eliminate much of the isolation that support groups exist to fill and save the “traditional family” that everybody is so worried about if more couples took their aging parents to live with them.”

(-Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. “Does Your Child Taste Salty,” Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, p. 65, New York, St. Martin’s Press (1989). / The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.)

My Response:

I like this quote due to the focus back on the importance of family support. Today, many of us come from broken homes and live far away from older generations of our families. This has isolated so many of us causing depression. Loving one another is such a valuable act to curing depression. If our families are broken and we have no one to turn to, find a depression support group. This often becomes our new families –so powerful in recovery. Why do you think Alcoholics Anonymous has been around for so long? It is the support group – the family unit that it creates that becomes so powerful.

>>> Depression Quote #6:

“Combining paid employment with marriage and motherhood creates safeguards for emotional well-being. Nothing is certain in life, but generally the chances of happiness are greater if one has multiple areas of interest and involvement. To juggle is to diminish the risk of depression, anxiety, and unhappiness.”

(-Faye J. Crosby (20th century), U.S. professor. Juggling, ch. 3 (1991). / The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.)

My Response:

I agree, as a woman currently working from home, multiple interests are important. As a career woman before children, I unknowingly put all my self-worth into my job. When I was at home with a newborn, all of a sudden my new world was a shock to my system. I then had to find other things to fill my mind – not to busy myself but to continue with mental stimulation and social involvement. Instead of sitting at home with my baby, I arranged to meet with other new moms for social involvement. I made time for regular exercise as before and volunteered my time for helping others doing research and writing. Eventually it became a work-from-home operation and eventually I learned about writing on the internet (viola this website!)

>>> Depression Quote #7:

“There are women [and men] in middle life, whose days are crowded with practical duties, physical strain, and moral responsibility ... they fail to see that some use of the mind, in solid reading or in study, would refresh them by its contrast with carking cares, and would prepare interest and pleasure for their later years. Such women [and men] often sink into depression, as their cares fall away from them, and many even become insane. They are mentally starved to death.”

(- Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842–1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in the 1860s. / The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996.)

My Response:

Again, a reminder to women but equally valuable to men to keep your mind working and engage it with reading and study. Be a ‘forever student’ seeking to learn. But, remember to engage it in knowledge that is uplifting and positive, lovely and pure. Then be sure to use your knowledge for good and for helping others.

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