Depression Poems

Depression Poems

Poems about Depression

Depression has a different quality than the normal range of sadness that you may feel throughout the day. When you are depressed you do not feel like being with anybody. You either sleep way more than usual or you can hardly sleep at all. Similarly, your appetite is either nonexistent or increases dramatically. Your energy level goes way down and you have a feeling of hopelessness about life. As difficult as it may be it is important to get out of the house and get some help. You are not alone.

59 Depressing Poems that Helps you Cope with Pain

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  1. 1. Describing Imaginary Things

    Many people don't understand that depression isn't just feeling sad: it's a real disorder, and you can't cure it by saying, "Buck up, sweetie." In a way, this poem is meant to show how most people simply don't understand depression and how people with it feel. A friend of mine was diagnosed with depression, and one night she desperately tried to explain to me what it was like. I was shocked by what I didn't understand. The poem was born from that and told in her perspective.

    • By Katie R.
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2017 with permission of the Author.

    "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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  3. 2. Demons Of Darkness

    This poem is sort of about me and my demons, although I've never actually gone to a bridge to jump off it. I find comfort in writing about how I feel because generally it helps people to understand how I feel as well. It's hard to show people how we feel, so I choose to express myself through art, music and writing. I hope you enjoy my poem as much as I did writing it. Stay strong.


    • By Olivia B
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015 with permission of the Author.

    She stood on the bridge
    In silence and fear,
    For the demons of darkness
    Had driven her here.

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    This is such an inspiring poem. I am a seventh grader with depression and it is because of my loving boyfriend that I am still alive. Please, anyone who is depressed, know that there is...

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  5. 3. Scars

    This poem is about my battle with depression at the age of 16. I didn't know how to deal and cope with my feelings properly, so I did what many people who feel alone and want to punish themselves do--I self-destructed. Once I got therapy, writing poems about my experiences really helped. I regret what I did, but as this poem explains, it shows that no matter how low you get, you must remember you're not alone and you can survive.


    • By Laura R
    • Published by Family Friend Poems October 2015 with permission of the Author.

    Here on my arm lies a mark that I made.
    When I was so low, I cut with a blade
    To punish my body for being a mess,
    Though here is my testament, I must confess...

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    Hi, thanks for sharing your story. It means a lot for you to share! I have self-harmed 5 times trying to relieve the pain that I was feeling every day between me being bullied and going...

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  6. 4. Behind The Mask

    This poem is about the smile we let the world see while inside we are dying a little every day.


    • By Melisa Bernards
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2015 with permission of the Author.

    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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    Thank you so much! I'm so happy my experiences can have an affect on others. I always felt so alone, but it's time for all of us to realize we aren't alone, and we need to stand together and...

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  7. 5. Struggling With Depression And Suicide

    For all those who are suffering with depression (written by Debbie Leads 8/10/03)


    • By Debbie Leads
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2007 with permission of the Author.

    Days of endless struggle.
    More hopeful pills today,
    Trying to appear "normal"
    In some sort of way.

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    I am a 19-year-old orphan girl born in Congo and raised in South Africa. During the war back then, my father was murdered in front of my family and me. The soldiers entered our home while we...

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  8. 6. Silent Screams

    I've been suffering with depression and anxiety since I was a kid. At the time, I didn't know what it was. It used to feel like screaming inside and hoping someone would hear it and help me. But no one can hear silent screams.


    • By Aaron
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2019 with permission of the Author.

    Can't you hear my silent screams?
    They are so loud they echo in my dreams.

    Behind this face that carries a smile

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    As long as you still have family and friends. I once did, long ago, until they all got tired of my depression, my anxiety, my "moods" when I couldn't motivate myself to leave my home and join...

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  9. 7. The Darkness

    I've struggled with severe depression and anxiety for years. Most people tell you it will all be fine and you will be okay, but that doesn't make it better, and that is what this poem is expressing.


    • By Dallas E. Krystof
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2018 with permission of the Author.

    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 poem is so relatable. I grew up with a drug addict father who abused my mom. Now that I have gotten older and I understand what addiction is, all it does is break my heart. I always put...

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  10. 8. Do You Know

    I wrote this after my husband of 10 years decided that he did not want to be a "Husband." We have a terrific 7 year old son who has been handed something that I, at 38, do not yet know how to handle. I do my very best, for my very best (my son).


    • By Michelle Boyd
    • Published by Family Friend Poems December 2009 with permission of the Author.

    Do you know a life of loneliness and one filled with pain,
    living a life with nothing to gain,
    Surrounded by darkness, overwhelmed with shame.
    A life without peace with no one to blame.

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    Well, same stuff, but I know I need to be strong for my kids! The thing that crushes me is my 6-year-old hears his dad call me a whore or say, “Mommy's just crazy, Roman." My son, now after 2...

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  11. 9. Depression

    This poem describes the pain of feeling depressed.


    Depression is a monster
    That destroys both heart and soul.
    It tortures without mercy
    And consumes its victim whole.

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    My Dear Malainse,
    I am sobbing right now! Your words have both broke and filled my heart. Let me share with you, you have touched my life so much and lifted my spirits clear to the sky. I...

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  12. 10. Sometimes

    A poem about the struggles of depression and finding a way to move on and smile again.


    • By Lucy Petersen
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2020 with permission of the Author.

    Sometimes I can't find the words
    That fill my messy head.
    Can't find the effort to smile
    Or get out of my silly old bed.

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    Few words to explain me. Thanks, dear. You are not alone.

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  13. 11. Taking It Day By Day

    I wrote this poem a little after reading some on this site. As I read through all the poems about others suffering from depression, as I am, I wrote this both as an outlet and as a way to give people a look into what it's like to live every day with depression.


    • By Vincent Ramos
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009 with permission of the Author.

    Each day I live, the pain consumes
    What little sanity I have bloomed,
    Like walking in a cloud of fog
    Falling down, sinking into smog.

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    Hi Anamika!
    I'm really sorry that you have to go through the same thing that I've had to struggle with. You're right! It can be very awkward to tell your parents about your depression! The...

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  14. 12. From Oppression Comes Light

    I started writing about my depression. I finished the poem quickly, but realized it had no resolve. I need a way for the depression to cease and then I found my answer... I opened my eyes. Truth sets us free and lies hold us down. In writing this poem, I realized that the beast or the depression is all a lie to myself from myself. I quickly thought of truth in my life and realized I have no reason to be down. Life is a blessing from God, and that is truth.


    • By Erik Whitehead
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2015 with permission of the Author.

    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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  15. 13. Inside Out

    People only see what I let them see.


    • By Angie M Flores
    • Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008 with permission of the Author.

    Analysis of Form and Technique

    Outside lives a girl with a smile that will brighten up the room,
    yet inside hides a girl with a frown full of despair.

    Outside lives a girl with eyes of joy that bring you to ease,

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    Wow, just wow. That's me exactly. I go through my church doors with a smile always on my face, so much so that the youth group nicknamed me Smiley McGee, and I'm so nice to others. I guess...

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  16. 14. The Daily Battle

    The inspiration behind this poem stems from a daily struggle with self-image in this day and age. Not feeling good enough for others as well as not feeling good enough about yourself also plays a part in this poem. It's the daily battle of trying to feel accepted and the struggle of learning to love yourself.

    • By Max S.
    • Published by Family Friend Poems March 2015 with permission of the Author.

    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.

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  17. 15. Living A Lie

    I wrote this poem when I was going through a really bad time with my depression. I was trying to explain to someone who has never suffered with depression how it makes you feel. I find writing poetry very therapeutic, and it helps me to express my inner feelings. I have written many poems, a lot of which are about different stages of my depression, as I see it.

    • By Lee W. Barker
    • Published by Family Friend Poems June 2020 with permission of the Author.

    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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  18. 16. Dancing In The Rain

    This poem is dedicated to those who struggle with depression, loneliness, and pain. You're not alone. I am here for you anytime you need anything. Feel free to lean on me in your times of struggle, and I'll be there to hold you up.

    • By Juli Nielsen
    • Published by Family Friend Poems August 2016 with permission of the Author.

    You've had those feelings... you wish your life was done.
    You're broken, defeated, and overcome.
    Each day more challenging than the last.
    Moments of weakness...emotions consistently masked.

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    Beautiful. Starting with pessimistic feelings, ending optimistically. True.
    Friends can change our lives for the better. Life is not to suffer, but to enjoy. How Is left to us to...

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  19. 17. When You Look At Me

    This poem is about my everyday life and people not being able to see the real me. But in this poem I'm telling them that my smile they see every day is fake.

    • By Mary
    • Published by Family Friend Poems February 2017 with permission of the Author.

    When you look at me,
    What do you see?
    I bet if you look deep enough
    You would see right through me.

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  20. 18. Together

    This is a poem I wrote for my best friend, who is fighting a losing war with depression and self-harm. He is the most amazing, beautiful, loyal and persistent boy I know, and I am proud to call him my friend. I would do anything to help him in his fight.

    • By Hannah L
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2016 with permission of the Author.

    So--this is where we are.
    After coming so far,
    This is what it's come to.
    After all we've been through,

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  21. 19. Lost In Pain

    The struggle is real...

    • By Steff
    • Published by Family Friend Poems January 2017 with permission of the Author.

    Anger. Pain.
    It's getting harder to hide
    All the feelings I've built up inside.

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    I totally understand you. I am always putting up masks so no one really knows how I really feel or what I'm really dealing with. And it's dragging me down, and it's like I'm being pulled down...

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  22. 20. Worth

    Sometimes feeling alone can mean many things. Expressing ourselves through poems can also be an attempt at reaching out for help. I hope this poem reminds people of that, because it isn't meant to create more sadness, but to remind that there is ALWAYS someone who cares.

    • By Joel
    • Published by Family Friend Poems September 2016 with permission of the Author.

    It's hard sometimes to say exactly what I'm worth.
    Sometimes even harder dealing with the hurt.

    To feel like no one's there during all my pain.

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    I know that my post is late, but I hope--by some miracle--you will discover it. I am much older than you, and I, too, have experienced a life that is void of human companionship. It is my...

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