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What Depression Looks and Feels like Through These Terribly Accurate Artworks

Depression negatively affects a person’s mood, emotions, and behavior. Symptoms can include mood swings that make it difficult to concentrate, increase feelings of anxiety and hopelessness, or make you feel extremely irritable. People who suffer from depression might experience feelings of sadness often and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. Additionally, depression can trigger emotional challenges that can make functioning at work and home challenges. Some people feel totally numb and isolated from others.

Depression is often misunderstood as being similar to feeling sad or down. While depression causes sadness in many people, it is much more severe than emotions that come and go from everyday events. The symptoms of depression can last for months or years and make daily life difficult or impossible. It can affect careers, relationships, and daily tasks such as self-care and housework. People who suffer from depression may not enjoy things they once wanted and may feel like nothing can make them happy. Depression makes it difficult to make decisions, read, or watch television because people can’t think clearly and have trouble following what’s happening. Depression may make a person feel worthless or like they are a failure at everything. It might be difficult for depressed people to see themselves as positive if they dwell on negative experiences. Some people with depression find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep all night. The person may wake up early and have trouble falling back asleep. Some people sleep excessively but wake up feeling tired or unrefreshed even after getting extra hours of sleep. Even when they are getting enough sleep, some people can’t get out of bed or feel exhausted. This may make it difficult for them to go about their daily lives. Depression can cause people to feel like they don’t want to eat anything, and they have to force themselves to. This can lead to weight loss.

These mind-blowing artworks and drawings were created by artists who have first-hand experience dealing with depression, and they illustrate their experience in a very relatable way. With monsters roaming your head and feelings of complete loneliness, depression is far more debilitating than one might think. Check out these depression artworks below to see how various artists feel or imagine this mental illness.

#1 Brain sick

Brain sick

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#2 Mind devour

Mind devour

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#3 Depression

Depression

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#4 Colorful depression

Colorful depression

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#5 Depression

Depression

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#6 Major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder

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#7 Depression

Depression

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#8 Teen depression

Teen depression

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#9 Falling

Falling

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#10 Broken soul

Broken soul

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#11 My depression looks like this

My depression looks like this

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#12 My demons

My demons

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#13 Can’t escape

Can't escape

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#14 Depressed

Depressed

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#15 Falling into depression

Falling into depression

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#16 Depression

Depression

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#17 Falling sketch no. 55

Falling sketch no. 55

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#18 Evanesce

Evanesce

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#19 Depression

Depression

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#20 Black dog

Black dog

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#21 Depression

Depression

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#22 Depression

Depression

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#23 Good bye depression

Good bye depression

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#24 Hopelessness

Hopelessness

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#25 Depression

Depression

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#26 Depression

Depression

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#27 Again insomnia

Again insomnia

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#28 Art during a time of depression

Art during a time of depression

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#29 November

November

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#30 She’s not sad. She feels empty

She's not sad. She feels empty

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#31 Parasite

Parasite

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#32 Depression

Depression

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#33 Burden

Burden

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#34 The other bedroom

The other bedroom

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#35 Depression

Depression

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#36 Red

Red

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#37 Sickness

Sickness

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#38 Depression

Depression

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#39 I decided to give art therapy a go to work through some stuff – this is my interpretation of depression, anxiety and depersonalisation

I decided to give art therapy a go to work through some stuff - this is my interpretation of depression, anxiety and depersonalisation

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#40 Depression

Depression

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#41 Brain fog

Brain fog

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#42 Morning kiss from your depression

Morning kiss from your depression

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#43 Depression

Depression

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#44 Depression

Depression

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#45 Dystopia

Dystopia

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#46 Depression

Depression

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#47 Depression self-portrait

Depression self-portrait

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#48 Depression

Depression

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#49 Old man in sorrow

Old man in sorrow

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#50 Depressive

Depressive

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#51 Depression

Depression

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#52 Depressed

Depressed

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#53 Untitled

Untitled

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#54 Straight jacket

Straight jacket

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#55 Depression

Depression

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#56 I drew a picture of depression

I drew a picture of depression

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#57 Depression

Depression

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#58 Depression distorts reality

Depression distorts reality

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#59 Stress, anxiety, depression

Stress, anxiety, depression

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#60 Depression

Depression

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#61 Depression

Depression

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#62 Feels

Feels

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#63 Depression

Depression

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#64 King of depression

King of depression

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#65 Broken wings

Broken wings

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#66 Depression

Depression

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#67 Depression

Depression

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#68 Depression

Depression

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#69 Theft

Theft

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#70 Manic depression

Manic depression

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#71 Move on

Move on

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#72 Emptiness

Emptiness

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#73 Dejection

Dejection

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#74 Aneurysm

Aneurysm

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#75 The cloud seed

The cloud seed

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#76 Depression

Depression

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#77 Depression

Depression

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#78 Depression

Depression

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#79 Depression

Depression

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#80 Depression

Depression

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#81 Inside

Inside

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#82 Depression

Depression

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#83 Time and the bell

Time and the bell

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#84 Depression

Depression

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#85 Depressed

Depressed

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#86 Depression

Depression

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#87 Depression: tired

Depression: tired

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#88 Panic attack

Panic attack

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#89 Depression

Depression

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#90 Depression

Depression

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#91 Depression

Depression

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#92 Seven gills of depression

Seven gills of depression

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#93 Void

Void

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#94 Bureau worm

Bureau worm

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#95 Spiral depression

Spiral depression

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#96 Colourful depression

Colourful depression

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#97 Depression

Depression

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#98 We all have monster inside of us. Some learn to cope with them, others are brought down

We all have monster inside of us. Some learn to cope with them, others are brought down

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#99 Guilt

Guilt

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#100 Depression

Depression

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#101 Depression

Depression

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#102 Depression

Depression

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#103 Depression: sorrow

Depression: sorrow

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#104 Depression

Depression

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#105 Depression

Depression

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#106 Depression

Depression

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#107 The damned 2016

The damned 2016

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#108 Die depression

Die depression

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#109 Depression

Depression

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#110 Depression

Depression

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#111 Depression

Depression

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#112 Depression

Depression

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#113 Shadows. A look at depression

Shadows. A look at depression

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#114 Depression monster

Depression monster

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#115 Art during a time of depression

Art during a time of depression

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#116 Depression

Depression

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#117 Depression

Depression

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#118 Depression

Depression

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#119 Depression

Depression

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#120 Depression’s mirror

Depression's mirror

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#121 Depression

Depression

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#122 Anger and depression

Anger and depression

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#123 Depression

Depression

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#124 Depression

Depression

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#125 Depressed superheroes

Depressed superheroes

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#126 Art during a time of depression

Art during a time of depression

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#127 Depression

Depression

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#128 Depression

Depression

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#129 Depression

Depression

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#130 Depression

Depression

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#131 Depression

Depression

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#132 Christmas depression

Christmas depression

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#133 Free sticks (just break one off)

Free sticks (just break one off)

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#134 Depression

Depression

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#135 Depression

Depression

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#136 Depression

Depression

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