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. The Darkness

    How Circumstances Can Change You

    in Depression Poems

    I had sight, but the darkness offers me no light.
    I had visions, but the darkness suppresses them.
    I had self-belief, but the darkness overshadows my confidence.
    I had freedom, but the darkness shackles me.

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  2. Darkness

    Being In A Bout Of Depression

    in Depression Poems

    No words for a state that I cannot express
    Like gravity just holds me here in this mess
    An invisible force stealing my air
    A looming dark cloud and no one's aware

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  4. Living A Lie

    How It Feels To Suffer From Depression

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    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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  5. Depression Blues

    • By Tina M. Casalvera
    • Published: June 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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  7. I Do Feel Everything

    • By Jillian J.
    • Published: May 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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  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. 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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    For me, depression starts at teenage times. I am 14 years old, and yes, I struggled from it too, but I believe there is a reason in everything. You change a lot once you get really hurt, and...

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  10. The War Within You

    • By Ryann A. Cave
    • Published: February 2018
    Overcoming Anger And Depression

    in Depression Poems

    Confusion sets in.
    My mind is a blur.
    Overthinking too much,
    So hard to endure.

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  11. Tidal Wave

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

    in Depression Poems

    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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  12. 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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