What Does Depression Really Feel Like?

Though it is not uncommon for people to mistake depression for just feeling sad or “down,” the condition is much more complex than that. Depression is like walking into a dark room with no windows, and the door is locked. You know there’s a key somewhere to open the door, but it’s nowhere to be found. Every day you wake up, and the room gets darker. It consumes your every thought and feeling until you’re stuck in this endless cycle of emptiness.

In a world where the key to a brighter future seems out of reach, we must better grasp what depression feels
like to treat it effectively.

​Depression Feels like a Lone Struggle of Isolation and Disconnection

Depression feels like you’re in a room full of people, but you can’t seem to talk to anyone. You feel isolated and disconnected like there’s a wall between you and others. Friends and family become distant figures, and even the most mundane social interactions become exhausting. Ignoring phone calls and avoiding gatherings is common as isolation and loneliness heighten.

​Depression Feels like the Heavy Burdens of Guilt and Shame

Depression often manifests as an overwhelming sense of guilt and shame. It is not uncommon to feel guilty about things like not being productive or taking more time to rest. It’s as if a dark cloud hovers overhead, continually reminding you of mistakes and failures. Every decision is a misstep, and self-doubt infiltrates even the simplest tasks. You may sometimes feel worthless as if your existence doesn’t matter. These feelings can contribute to negative thoughts that can make depression more challenging.

​Depression Feels like the Unrelenting Exhaustion of Fatigue

Depression drains your energy, leaving you feeling perpetually exhausted, and even the simplest tasks like getting out of bed or brushing your teeth feel like colossal efforts. You don’t have the energy to care for yourself or do anything in your daily routine. And sometimes, it feels like there’s no point in trying when nothing seems to change.

​Depression Feels like Helplessness and Hopelessness When All Seems Lost

Imagine getting up every day with no purpose and a meaningless routine. One of the most devastating aspects of depression is the overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness. It can feel like you’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of despair, where the future holds no promise, and the present feels unbearable. For some, depression feels like living in a world without joy, and whatever you do cannot bring happiness.

At Pacific Mind Health, we understand the immense weight of depression and the challenges it brings those who suffer from it. We often receive calls from individuals who feel like they’ve exhausted all options, saying, there’s nowhere else to go, nothing else to try — what can I do next? We want you to understand that there is always hope, even when it seems elusive.

​The Limitations of Standard Treatment & Where to Turn Next

 Standard treatments for depression, such as medication and therapy, benefit many individuals. However, it’s important to acknowledge that approximately one-third of people with depression do not respond adequately to these traditional approaches. It can be disheartening if you’ve found yourself in this position. But take heart— there is an innovative treatment option that may offer you the relief you’ve been searching for.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that stimulates specific brain areas using magnetic fields. TMS has shown promising results in treating depression, especially for individuals who haven’t found relief with standard treatments alone. At Pacific Mind Health, we offer TMS as part of our comprehensive approach to mental health care.

​Turn to TMS Therapy at Pacific Mind Health for Hope and Healing

​Depression is a complex condition that affects people in different ways. If you resonate with any of these symptoms we’ve discussed, we encourage you to take that first step toward healing. At Pacific Mind Health, we offer you compassionate support, innovative treatments like TMS, and a path to recovery tailored to your unique needs.