How To Explain Your Depression

This is a question that comes up a lot. When people are depressed, it is often difficult to explain what you are feeling. It is difficult to explain what depression does to someone and how it affects their life.

How to explain your depression?

If you are depressed or diagnosed clinically depressed, you may find yourself in an isolated situation where you do not know how to discuss your illness with someone. It may be difficult to talk to family and friends and you even may find yourself actually isolating yourself away from them. This is unhealthy.

Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety seem to have a stigma revolving around them. People believe that it’s not really an illness and that you may just be sad or fearful. But for those who have dealt with a mental illness or have witnessed someone battle it, knows this is definitely far from true. Mental illness should receive the same amount of attention as physical illnesses. I am grateful that mental illness is receiving more positive attention in today’s society as it should.

This is why we need to discuss our mental illnesses. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. Within this amount, 16 million US adults have had at least one major depression episode in 2012 (6.9% of the population) which makes it the leading cause of disability.

This is a very hefty amount and needs attention. When I suffered from depression, this is how I would explain it: I was constantly down and had feelings of negativity. My mind was feeding me negative impulses day and night. It felt terrible. I lost my appetite and would sometimes hardly eat. I had difficulty falling asleep and when I did fall asleep, it was difficult to wake up at a proper time. I isolated myself from my family and friends and wanted to always stay in my room. I didn’t like a lot of locomotion and would dislike an atmosphere with numerous people. I felt half empty and lost joy in things I once felt joyful. I lost my motivation to do normal tasks such as clean, exercise, school-work, socialize, and eat. I would constantly tell myself that “life was unfair” and “what’s the point?” In all, depression led me into a massive state of negativity and I did not know how to deal with it.

It was difficult to deal with this alone. I know I needed to seek help but I did not want to admit my mental illness. After months and years of battling this, I started to feel comfortable knowing that I was depressed. Instead of going to the doctor and getting prescribed medication, I started to openly talk about it. After all, it is so common, so what’s the harm in talking about it? I realized that people would like to help my over-all being and its state. That was their best interest. Your family and friends want to help – they will look at it like that, not something that is considered “crazy” or “abnormal”. It is okay not to be okay. Kind, respectful, and intelligent people know this.

I also started to change my lifestyle. I battled these negative thoughts and became optimistic. I realized there are numerous natural ways and remedies to help treat depression. I started to implement exercise, a proper diet, natural supplements, and relaxing activities into my life. Natural supplements helped a lot such as consuming 5-HTP. Read more information on the full benefits of 5-HTP. With talking about my depression and implementing these aspects into my life, I felt better – a lot better. To go from a state of negativity and depression to something that made me feeling even remotely better, felt so good. Now, I am at a state of positivity and it feels that much better. It’s crazy that a little bit of happiness could make someone feel so better. I am still in my journey with this, but I truly believe I am getting better each day. The good thing is once you hit rock bottom, there is only going up from there.

What should you do?

If you find yourself in a state of depression like I did, then fix it. You are in a battle with yourself. You are in a battle with your mind. Your mind is feeding you thoughts of negativity that is taking over your life and making you live an unhealthy lifestyle. You must beat this. Think positively and implement life-style changes. You are good enough.  You are capable of achieving happiness.

Most importantly, talk and discuss your mental illness. Realize that it is affecting your life-style and you need to change. If you don’t take action, how will you get better? Again, the people who have your best interest want you to succeed and live happily and healthy. The only way to explain your mental illness is to talk about it. Be open and discuss your feelings. If it is difficult for you to do that, then discuss it with yourself. Make a journal or have a diary. This will also make you feel better.

Realizing and coming to terms with your mental illness while implementing healthy-life style changes such as a proper diet, work, and exercise will make you feel better. Then it is only going up from there. If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk, don’t hesitate to comment below. I live to help people and I have had years experience with depression and anxiety.

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  1. Congratulations on overcoming your depression. The problem for many of us with depression is that we just don’t have the energy or willpower to do anything about it. Just getting out of bed can be an accomplishment. It is important to see a doctor when we suffer from depression. Depression is a disease and there are many treatment options.

    • Thank you for reaching out Sandra! You are right, when people are depressed, it is difficult to find that motivation to do something in general or do something about it. There are many treatment options. Thankfully there are natural treatment options as well such as activities, supplements, exercise, and a proper diet.

  2. Very important subject. I went through a severe depressive episode once when I was a teenager. I didn’t feel negative, just hopeless. I felt no joy in things that once interested me, just like you described. Couldn’t find the energy to even go outside. I didn’t even know what it was until it lifted. Thanks for the info.

    • Yes, exactly how I felt. Hopeless and negative and no joy anywhere. Glad I am overcoming it though.

  3. When I had depression I always isolated myself and I did it every single time. It actually became normal after a certain point. If I did not see your writing I would never consider talking with my family about it. I hope it will help but I think that the first talk will be really difficult for me but I will try man.

    • For sure the first talk will be difficult, but remember your family has your best interest at heart. They would like you to talk about it so they can be there and offer help.

  4. I can’t count how many people I know who suffer from depression. It’s a serious mental illness and I’m incredibly grateful for all the work you’ve put into this so far. I know talking about depression can be a really difficult thing, especially since a lot of people don’t understand it / deny it’s seriousness. This post is really informative, good job. I’d really appreciate a page about handling friends with depression, dos and don’ts, and the best ways to show your support.

    • Thank you for your compliment Anna. That is a great idea – a post about dealing with friends who suffer with depression. I will keep that in mind and work on it. If you have any questions, concerns, don’t hesitate to ask!

  5. Depression is something a lot people will experience in their lifetime. I think its extremely important to have open dialogue on the issue. I also think its best to always try natural options first to deal with it before moving to anything prescription. Thanks a lot Rob for the informative site.

    • I completely agree with you Daryl. It is essential to try to incorporate natural ways to help battle depression before turning to prescribed meds.

  6. I am using my new found enthusiasm for affiliate marketing as a means of motivation, I still sleep about 12 hours a day but when I’m awake I work on my business.
    In addition, I read, listen, and view motivational material such as Tony Robbins, Earl Nightingale, and Jack Canfield among others.
    My family is not very supportive. They just want me to get past it. As you know that’s a lot easier said than done. I will conquer this. I refuse to let depression get the better of me. Or, at least, I’m trying the best that I can to overcome it.

    • That is great to hear that you have found a newly developed motivation. Motivation goes along way when battling the symptoms of depression. It allows us to overcome it (mental illness) by completing our daily tasks and wanting to feel elevated. Don’t rush it. Take one day at a time and really focus on make a new progressive step each day. You can do this.

  7. Overcoming depression is a difficult process. The initial problem is accepting that you are categorized as depressed. People who are truly depressed, often think they have a medical, environmental or situational problem. If these problems could just be solved, everything will be ok. It takes a long time to become self aware. Once you are, then the healing can begin.

    • I agree Judy. Accepting depression can be very tough. It is even harder to open up about it. Depression can stem from numerous causes. There is no one set cause nor one set cure. It works differently for everyone and there are different types of clinical depression. Some may experience it in wavelengths (short or long) and can be categorized as persistent depressive disorder while others have major depression.

      I think the main issue is the stigma revolving around mental illness. This is why so many people with mental disorders have a difficult time accepting it and opening up about it. We need to end the stigma. That is the true issue. We need to look at mental illness on the same scale as physical illness. This would make it much easier for a healthy healing process. Do you know how many people are ashamed to have a mental illness when they shouldn’t be as it is completely normal? End the stigma together. Open up everyone. The people that love you have your best interest at heart.

  8. It’s great that this post does not only talk about depression it also advocate for people to come to terms with managing depression. Lifestyle changes are very vital because it’s a bit hard to keep on doing the same things and expecting a difference in the situation being faced. Depression is real and being realistic in managing it is great.

    • I totally agree with you! Changes in lifestyle are key! It is one of the main steps in battling depression. I am glad more people are starting to realize the mental illness is real and increasing and we are starting to do something about it!

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