41 Quotes Of Depression And Anxiety

In the United States, Major Depressive Disorder affects approximately 16.1 million people or 6.7% of the population each year. Along with the high rates of depression, anxiety disorders rates are much higher at an astounding 40 million people per year or 18.1% of the population each year.

While both of these mental illness rates are high, what about the population of people dealing with depression and anxiety?

Many people fight a daily unseen battle with depression and anxiety. For those suffering, it is not an easy battle and the two disorders themselves have opposite symptoms and side effects. Yet, both disorders fuel one another to cause a storm of mental and physical side effects to a person’s life.

If you fall into the category of people who struggle with both depression and anxiety, then you need to read these perfectly relatable quotes of depression and anxiety!

41 Quotes Of Depression And Anxiety

A human being can survive almost anything as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end

Elizabeth Wurtzel

It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there because it’s not sadness

J.K. Rowling
quotes of depression and anxiety

People think depression is sadness. That it’s crying and dressing in black, but people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being numb. It’s being numb to emotions, being numb to life. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again


You don’t understand depression until you can’t stand your own presence in an empty room


Having anxiety and depression is like being scared and tired at the same time. It’s the fear of failure but no urge to be productive. It’s wanting friends but hating to socialize. It’s wanting to be alone but not wanting to be lonely. It’s caring about everything, then caring about nothing. It’s feeling everything at once, then feeling paralyzingly numb


Depression is like a heavy blanket. It covers all of me, and it’s hard to get up. But there’s comfort in it too. I know who I am when I’m under it

quotes of depression and anxiety

Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart

Willian C. Hannan

Depression is living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die


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It’s not always the tears that measure the pain. Sometimes it’s the smile we fake


I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless, and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that

Robin Williams

When you’re feeling anxious, remember that you’re still you. You are not anxiety. Whenever you feel otherwise, remember that’s the anxiety talking. You are still you and hold the power in every moment

Deanne Repich

The head worries and the heart feels. They cannot function at the same time. When your feelings dominate, worry dissolves

Gurudeve Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one

John C. Maxwell

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden. It is easier to say, ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken’


I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up


I have depression. But I prefer to say “I battle” depression instead of “I suffer” with it. Because depression hits, but I hit back. Battle on


Depression is being colorblind and constantly told how colorful the world is

quotes of depression and anxiety

When you suffer from depression ‘I’m tired’ means a permanent state of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix


No one realizes how strong someone with depression has to be just to do daily stuff like shower, brush hair or get out of bed


When you’re depressed you don’t control your thoughts, your thoughts control you. I wish people would understand this


Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me

Susan Polis Schutz

Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do

Stephen Fry

Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems


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Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths

C.H. Spurgeon

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly

Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far

Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

My mind turned by anxiety, or other cause, from its scrutiny of blank paper, is like a lost child–wandering the house, sitting on the bottom step to cry

Virginia Woolf, A Writer’s Diary

When I don’t have something to worry about, I worry. Nothing comes so naturally to a human being as anxiety and worry

Brian Richardson

It’s society’s stigma that traumatizes people and causes anxiety, depression and suicide

Marty Rubin

If I am late it is because I was too anxious to leave

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You’re worried, but you also aim for perfection. You’re stressed, but you also never slow down

Maxime Lagace

If we are always seeking conclusions, our minds are slave to fear

Maxime Lagace

And do not spend time in the present taking thought as to the best course in possible future emergencies; have faith in your ability to meet any emergency when it arrives

Wallace D. Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich

Sometimes the worst place you can be is inside your own head


Anxiety never rings the doorbell. It sneaks in through the windows


It’s unsettling, to be so far from home- all her usual anxieties lifted, only to be replaced with new ones

Kristin Cashore, Jane, Unlimited

With every goal, wish, or plan we deem important, we invite anxiety

Mokokoma Makhanoana

We often suffer more from our response to a difficulty, than from the difficulty itself. Panic and anxiety don’t lessen what we are facing, they magnify it

J.S. Felts, Ageless Wisdom: A Treasury of Quotes to Motivate and Inspire

Anxiety is never your fault. Neither is it an innate part of who you are. Change is possible

Chloe Brotheridge, The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, a Calmer You

The anxiety in my life isn’t every moment. Sometimes it’s manageable. Occasionally I don’t think about it that much. But it’s always lurking

Dr. Steve West

Anxiety is the shadow of what we do not want to lose

Mokakoma Mokhonoana

Works Cited

It’s Hard. 13 Quotes that Illustrate Depression • Youth Dynamics | Mental Health Care for Montana Kids

11 Quotes About Depression That Will Make You Feel Less Alone – Talkspace

Inspirational Quotes for Depression and Anxiety: When You Feel Alone | The Art of Living

Facts & Statistics | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

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