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Depression Quotes for Teenagers – What to Say When a Friend is Feeling Low

March 3, 2017

Depression quotes for teenagers and other appropriate responses to motivate and inspire

This section contains depression quotes for teenagers and other appropriate responses to motivate and build confidence in teenagers and high school students.

Do you think you or your friend has depression?

Depression is a serious illness and if you think you or your friend has signs or symptoms of depression according to our Teen Depression Checklist, you must consider seeking help.  Teens with depression suffer from an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair and personality itself changes.

Depression quotes for teenagers

Appropriate responses and depression quotes for teens and students which may be used for those feeling low:

1. Quotes and responses to those feeling depressed about life in general

“It’s not possible to be both grateful and depressed. If we changed our mindset to being grateful, we can see the message in the mess.” – adapted from Steve Maraboli’s Life, the Truth, and Being Free “You cannot move forward if you are always thinking backwards” – Bathsheba Dailey, author of Five Year Old Death “Losing your life is not the worst thing that can happen. The worst thing is to lose your reason for living. You don’t want to go there” – Jo Nesbo, Norwegian author and musician 
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“Maybe there’s something you’re afraid to day, someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid it’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters.” – John Green, American author and producer “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami, world-renown novelist of magical realist fiction “I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on the good things still in my life. I don’t allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each every morning, a few tears, and that’s all.”  – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
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“Getting better from depression demands a lifelong commitment. I’ve made that commitment for my life’s sake and for the sake of those who love me.” – Susan Polis Schutz, American poet and publisher “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

2. Feelings described by those with depression

“Depression is not only an experience in the mind; it is also an affliction of the body. There is a lack of energy, a painful heaviness; sadness and a grief that permeate to our marrow.” –Philip Martin, television director “Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent”- Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation ‘I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed.” Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits
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“If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.” – Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor “I was drawn to all the wrong things: I liked to drink, I was lazy, I didn’t have a god, politics, ideas, ideals. I was settled into nothingness; a kind of non-being, and I accepted it. I didn’t make for an interesting person. I didn’t want to be interesting, it was too hard. What I really wanted was only a soft, hazy space to live in, and to be left alone.” – Charles Bukowski, German-born American poet and novelist “There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.” – Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
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3. Quotes for those stressed with exams and school work

“It’s tough, I know but we just need to get it over and done with. Think of the freedom we’ll have at the end of it all.” “A day at a time, mate… a day at a time. I’m just looking at the ‘right now’ moment, seriously, that’s how I cope.” “Is there anyone else out there who is worse off than us? Yes, there is but that’s a useless point because there are those who are better off. Just give me the support I need by doing and not talking…”
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More inspirational quotes for teenagers

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