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    Updated on Aug 30, 2018. Posted on Aug 26, 2018

    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:

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    Illustration by Sylvie Reuter.

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

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    Illustration by Kristian Nygård.

    3. And you just want to hide yourself away.

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    Comic strip by Ruby etc.

    4. Being around other people can feel like this:

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    Illustration by Jenny Chang.

    5. Even if they are friends.

    Illustration by Ray Bruwelheide.

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

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    Comic strip by Andrew Richard.

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

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    Comic strip by Eylou.

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

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    Comic strip by Kelly Angel.

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

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    Illustration by Jenny Chang.

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

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    Comic strip by Flo Perry.

    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:

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    Comic strip by Haejin Park.

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

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    Comic strip by Haejin Park.

    15. Your thoughts won't leave you alone.

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    Comic strip by Meghan.

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

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    Comic strip by Kristian Nygård.

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

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    Illustration by Jenny Chang.

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

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    This post was translated from German.