Poems For Describing Depression

Published: July 2017

Poems To Explain Depression

12 Poems To Explain Depression

Depression and sadness are not the same. We all experience sadness from time to time, but those feelings go away within a short period of time. Depression is a diagnosable condition characterized by a prolonged feeling of sadness and loss of interest in things that were once enjoyable. It can also have lasting symptoms such as changes in sleep, energy level, and concentration. The United States has one of the highest depression rates in the world, and women are more likely to suffer from this than men. 

For someone who has never experienced depression, it can be challenging to understand. These poems provide a glimpse of what it’s like to fight against this condition. It becomes all-consuming and affects every aspect of a person’s life.

If you suspect you or someone you love is dealing with depression, please reach out to get help. Know that you are not alone. Hundreds of millions of people around the world are fighting depression every day. 

Check out our other poems about depression and depression poems written by teens.

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  1. Describing Imaginary Things

    • By Katie R.
    • Published: July 2017
    Poem Describing How Depression Feels

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    "I'm tired," I say,
    "That's all."
    And in a way, I guess it's true.
    In every other way,

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  2. From Oppression Comes Light

    • By Erik Whitehead
    • Published: August 2015
    Finding Hope To Overcome Depression

    in Depression Poems

    Depression is oppression.
    It's a deadly hidden message
    Defined by self-hate.
    It seals its prisoner's fate.

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    Excellent poem. I can personally relate to all your words having suffered with depression for the last 20 years plus. I could personally feel the pain and the battles you face written in the...

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  4. The Daily Battle

    • By Max S.
    • Published: March 2015
    Poem About Depression And Self-Image Issues

    in Depression Poems

    It is the darkest, deepest place one can travel to alone,
    A solo journey filled with struggles and groans.
    Every day is a new battle against the same foe,
    But the enemy fights back with psychological blows.

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    This is an awesome poem! This is how I feel most days.

  5. Lost

    • By Thalia
    • Published: November 2008
    Pain Poem

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    What do you call it when all you feel is pain?
    When your loved ones look at you and all you feel is shame?
    When you're tired of living and playing this game?
    When you know your life is meaningless and you're the only one to blame?

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    Sadly, nowadays that's how a good bit of the world's population describes how they feel and the thoughts on their emotional state about their life in general. It's sad. It's NOT you it's...

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  7. Chasing Sunsets

    • By Natalie Grace
    • Published: March 2016
    Unknown Struggle With Depression

    in Depression Poems by Teens

    Having depression and anxiety is like being thrown into a raging, surging ocean
    When you don't know how to swim.
    Meanwhile, the whole world expects you to keep swimming forward,
    To keep excelling and moving onward in this thing called life.

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    I am 17 years old and have been struggling with depression and anxiety for six years. The people who notice don't care enough to help me get help. I would love just for a day to get a...

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  8. Behind This Face

    Hiding Your True Feelings When Suffering From Depression

    in Depression Poems

    Behind this calm face there is a raging storm,
    Like a war in my head since the day I was born.

    Behind this smile there is a lonely sad frown,

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  9. Demons Inside

    • By Aimee Jones
    • Published: March 2017
    Trying To Explain Depression

    in Depression Poems

    It's hard to explain those
    demons inside,
    the daily struggle,
    the daily ride.

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    This poem really catches something in me. I'm 17 and have struggled with depression since I was around 12. Diagnosed when I was 15 and hospitalized twice for trying to end my life. Depression...

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  10. I Do Feel Everything

    • By Jillian J. Schudiske
    • Published: May 21, 2020
    Not Being Able To Speak Out About My Depression

    in Depression Poems

    I feel like there is nowhere to go.
    I feel like I can't get out.
    I feel like there is no one I can show.
    I feel like I can't shout.

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  11. Uninvited Guest

    • By Vicky
    • Published: October 2007

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Feel broken down, my body aches
    My heart it bleeds from past mistakes
    Can't stop the tears, they fall like rain
    The words are spinning 'round my brain...

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    Short very rich in words, true, and to the point I love this poem, great Job!!!!!!

  12. Darkness

    • By Cassie
    • Published: June 2007

    in Depression Poems

    It's like a plague that never goes away,
    Or an animal and its prey.
    It waits...
    And waits...

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    Yes .very true..and other people think that you're weak minded..its been 2 years since my divorce. I was with my wife over 16 years ..I gave everything for her and my kids..but she said...

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