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    18 Comics That Help Illustrate What Depression Feels Like

    It's more than just not wanting to get out of bed.

    1. When you have depression, you can feel like it can totally overwhelm you at any moment:

    Illustration by Sylvie Reuter.

    2. And you might feel like you have to hide it when you're out in "the real world."

    3. And you just want to hide yourself away. / Via

    Comic strip by Ruby etc.

    4. Being around other people can feel like this:

    5. Even if they are friends.

    Illustration by Ray Bruwelheide.

    6. Any little thing can trigger an avalanche of major self doubt:

    7. And the depression holds you back from truly enjoying things:

    8. It'll strike when you least expect it:

    Comic strip by Kelly Angel.

    9. And the noise in your head feels like this:

    10. And you try your best to cast the noise and dark thoughts out of your head:

    11. You develop a very close relationship with your bed.

    Comic strip by Ryan Pequin.

    12. Even though you might just spend hours lying awake:

    Comic strip by Simon Hanselmann.

    13. And in general, it's just really hard to talk about what you're REALLY feeling:

    14. Especially when you think you won't be taken seriously:

    15. Your thoughts won't leave you alone.

    Comic strip by Meghan.

    16. And sometimes, only sleep offers a few hours of relief:

    17. It's hard to find joy in the things you used to love doing:

    18. And after a while, the depression can feel like a constant companion:

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    This post was translated from German.