Poems For Describing Depression

Published: July 2017

Poems To Explain Depression

20 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. Behind The Mask

    • By Melisa Bernards
    • Published: February 2015
    Poem About Depression And Pain

    in Depression Poems

    Hiding the hurt, hiding the pain,
    Hiding the tears that fall like rain.
    Saying I'm fine when I'm anything but.
    This ache in my soul rips at my gut.

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    I have been depressed and down into a pit of darkness for years now. I have family who care about me, but I shut them out 'cause I'm so out of control that my demons have taken over my life....

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  4. The Darkness

    • By Dallas E. Krystof
    • Published: July 2018
    Loved Ones Not Understanding Your Depression

    in Depression Poems

    You would never know it,
    The constant pain I feel,
    Because in the light of day
    It almost isn't real.

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    This really explains exactly how it's like living with depression. I'm 14 years old and have struggled with my mental health for years now, even though last year was when it started to get...

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  5. 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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    This poem is very well written and it gave me chills because of how amazing it is. I'm going through these poems in search of one to use for prose and poetry, an academic event, i take part...

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  7. 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.

  8. Living A Lie

    How It Feels To Suffer From Depression

    in Depression Poems

    Walking into a typhoon,
    Swimming against the tide,
    That's just how it feels,
    When my truth I have to hide.

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  9. Depression Blues

    • By Tina M. Casalvera
    • Published: June 8, 2020
    Poem About Struggle With Bipolar Depression

    in Depression Poems

    My head is not right today.
    I have no idea why it's this way.

    It switches from one thought to another.

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Tidal Wave

    • By Brian L. Barrett
    • Published: February 2018
    Overwhelming Emotions

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    In our darkest nights and our brightest days,
    emotions fill us like tidal waves.

    They can drag us down and pull us in,

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