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9 stories of what depression really feels like


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teen vogue logoEven if someone’s life looks perfect on the outside, we never know what they are dealing with on the inside. That’s part of what makes depression and anxiety so hard to understand for people who don’t experience it. People who deal with a mental condition don’t all look or act a certain way, and you can’t pick them out in a crowd.

While people with depression have some common symptoms, like hopelessness, lack of energy, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, and even physical pain, that doesn’t make the condition the same from person to person (both in how it’s experienced, and the extent to which a person may feel the symptoms). The hashtag #MyDepressionLooksLike is shining light on the fact that the condition is not one-size-fits-all.

#mydepressionlookslike
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#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter
#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter

According to a recent report, 10 percent of all 10- to 24-year-olds experience depression. But even though it’s clear this is something that affects many people, it can still feel incredibly isolating. It’s hard to see past that when you’re in the middle of it, but seeing the scores of responses to this hashtag—not to mention the #MyAnxietyLooksLike and #MentalIllnessFeelsLike hashtags—is a great reminder that you are not alone.

#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter
#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter
#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter

On top of that, New York magazine reports that May is Mental Health Month, a time to show everyone that mental health is just as important as physical health. Even more, it’s time for everyone to recognize that the two are linked. Hopefully, this hashtag helps.

#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter
#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter
#mydepressionlookslike
Photo: Twitter

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