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Quotes to Inspire Your Depression Recovery

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By Lifestance Health on September 20, 2020

Treatment for depression demands strength and courage you never knew you had. Sometimes that strength comes from the larger community, your mental health care providers, your friends, or your family. Often, it comes from within. But sometimes the inspiration to keep going comes from knowing that others have been there and come out the other side to tell the tale.

 

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Below are some quotes to help you when through those times–to keep you going when recovery seems too hard. Because you can do hard things. We believe in you.

The Idea of Recovery Can Be Terrifying

“I was so scared to give up depression, fearing that somehow the worst part of me was actually all of me. ” —Elizabeth Wurtzel, author

You’re not alone in that feeling. If you’ve lived with depression for a long time, it’s likely a familiar feeling. Although healthy emotions may feel new and uncertain right now, it will be worth it.

Focus on Today, Just Today

“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.” —Elizabeth Wurtzel, author

Depression tells you that there is no end in sight. Remember that there is. Survive today; follow your plan today. Worry about tomorrow when you get there.

Do It For Your Loved Ones

“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, poet

When it feels hard, remember your reasons for recovery. Do it for yourself, your life, and the people who love you.

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It’s Only Human To Need Help

“Never let your ego get in the way of asking for help when in desperate need. We have all been helped at a point in our lives.” -Edmond Mbiaka

Asking for help with depression is an act of self-compassion. You are not weak for needing help. You’re strong for recognizing the need.

Every Day You Get Through is an Act of Bravery

“The bravest thing I have ever done was continuing to live when I wanted to die.” – Juliette Lewis

Just breathing is an act of bravery when you live with depression. The fact that you are reading this is proof of your courage. You can keep going.

Better Days are Possible

“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” —Christopher Reeve

By getting help, you have chosen hope.

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