#MyDepressionLooksLike shows how depression manifests in very different ways
#MyDepressionLooksLike is trending on Twitter as people share their stories and give others a glimpse at what it’s like to live with the disorder. It’s great to see a conversation sparked about a topic that is often hard to talk about and leaves sufferers feeling isolated.
#MyDepressionLooksLike appeared on Twitter in January but started trending Sunday night with thousands of tweets pouring in every hour well into Monday evening. A lot of people – about 350 million globally – can relate because they have depression, according to the World Health Organization. A few of the common symptoms of depression are persistent sad, anxious, or empty moods, irritability, and loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, and decreased energy or fatigue, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Twitter users showed that these symptoms can manifest in many ways.
#mydepressionlookslike being so exhausted mentally and physically that I can’t get out of bed.
— Mortemer (@Mort3mer) May 22, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike Nothing. Not sadness, not panic, not dread, just awful nothingness that stretches on for months at a time.
— Hutch (@z0mgItsHutch) May 22, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike me slowly distancing myself from everyone/everything I once loved, therefore becoming isolated & even more miserable.
— ☾ (@disintegrxting) May 23, 2016
Depression doesn’t manifest in one way. It’s a very hard thing to describe to those who don’t suffer. The hashtag is shedding some light.
#Mydepressionlookslike feeling unloveable. Getting stuck in the past. Using people & things to distract myself & confusing it for happiness.
— Sal Brian (@salbrian25) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike trying to make everyone around me happy while feeling like I don’t deserve to be.
— Wine Daddy. (@TRYVNS) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike having progress with things and thinking I’m finally happy again then it crashes down and I’m back to the beginning.
— italian ting (@jenna_palmiero) May 22, 2016
It’s sobering and heartbreaking to see just how much people suffer.
#MyDepressionLooksLike using humor and tweeting ironic nihilistic memes to mask up the fact I wanna die
— catholicnun (@catholic_nun) May 23, 2016
#MyDepressionLooksLike the indecision to end or live my life because I am equally not brave enough to end it as I’m not living it.
— Khanya Gqiyazana (@Khanya_Ashley) May 23, 2016
Talking about depression helps though. And often it is easier to talk about our struggles with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders with strangers. I know therapy helped me work through various issues at different times in my life. And it looks like this hashtag is helping plenty of people.
#MyDepressionLooksLike is a wonderful way to gain some insight into others experiences. Really helpful for me at least.
— SummerBeard2016 (@OddKSM) May 22, 2016
The #MyDepressionLooksLike is important. Go take a look at it. It’s a really hard subject to talk about but it’s way past time.
— Calvin (@aurosan) May 22, 2016
Check out the super-worthwhile hashtag #MyDepressionLooksLike: currently shining a much-needed light on what depression looks and feels like
— Mary Chayko (@MaryChayko) May 22, 2016