What Does Depression Feel Like?

A recent Facebook post about how it feels to live with depression has resonated with thousands because it has articulated that which can be so difficult to describe: how it feels to live with depression. The Facebook post, written by an anonymous user, begins with:

"When you have depression it’s like it snows every day.

Some days it’s only a couple of inches. It’s a pain in the a**, but you still make it to work, the grocery store. Sure, maybe you skip the gym or your friend’s birthday party, but it IS still snowing and who knows how bad it might get tonight. Probably better to just head home.

Your friend notices, but probably just thinks you are flaky now ... 

Some days it snows a foot. You spend an hour shoveling out your driveway and are late to work. Your back and hands hurt from shovelling. You leave early because it’s really coming down out there. Your boss notices."

Read the piece in full here

The testimonials from our own patients speak to how draining it is to live with depression, and how it can be as physically fatiguing as it is emotionally. Although the emotional symptoms of depression (feelings of sadness, low motivation, trouble concentrating) are more well-known, the physical symptoms can be just as challenging. The physical symptoms of depression include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Digestion troubles
  • Weight loss or gain from disrupted eating patterns
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia

For our patient Christine, depression had been in and out of her life since adolescence but in recent months she described feeling down and hopeless every single day, with frequent tearfulness, a flat affect, suicidal ideation, and migraines. She had an increased appetite with low energy and was lacking interest or pleasure in activities she normally enjoyed.  Worse, she was plagued by guilt because her depression prevented her from being fully engaged and present with her precocious 6-year old daughter. It wasn't until she received TMS Therapy with Greenbrook that she was able to live her life fully. Christine says that “TMS has given me my life back.” 

Marie Clarie says that during her depressive periods she was "completely numb and not herself." She found difficulty with simple everyday tasks like driving and showering. She says she was tired but found it difficult to sleep, and was wracked with guilt, wondering if she was "just being lazy." Once she received Greenbrook TMS, she says the difference is "night and day" between how she felt before and how she feels now. 

If you or a loved one have been experiencing these symptoms, or have found that medication and talk therapy have not given you adequate relief from them, you're not alone. Schedule your free consultation with us today.