Depression is a difficult feeling to put into words. It is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

I have been struggling with depression for quite some time now. I have tried talking to people about it but they ask me to “snap out of it” or say “let’s go out, it will take your mind off things”. I have been trying to act cheerful and be “normal” but it just would not go away.

I know there are a lot of people out there who are going through the same and cannot express this.

In these illustrations, I have depicted depression as a big black cloud.

Depression is like this black cloud hanging over me at all times

Everything would be going okay, but I’d just want to sit in a corner and cry

I try being positive and happy but the cloud just stays, casting shadow over my sunny day

It makes me feel like I’m not good enough, no matter how hard I try. It makes me doubt my work, creativity and has shattered my self confidence

My friends try getting me to hang out more, but even in a big fun group, I feel all alone

There have been times when I wanted to give into it, to give up…

Talking about it to people who have not been through what I have is like speaking to them in a language they don’t understand