Quotes for Depression Recovery - Anna Szabo

Have you ever been depressed? I have. Actually, I attempted suicide twice. Depression is a dark place, I know from experience. But many people have lived through depression and survived. Here are their 11 quotes for depression recovery. I hope you’ll be encouraged by this collection.

Introduction To Depression Recovery Quotes by Famous People

If you know my depression story, you know that I was manipulated into depression and suicide by the narcissist who had targeted me, deceived me, and took advantage of me. I was in such a dark place that two mental health professionals had to be deployed to help me survive that miserable marriage with the narcissist. Every day, I struggled to get out of bed.

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I wrote a collection of 15 depression poems to share how hopeless and desperate I felt while enduring narcissistic abuse and being trapped. Actually, my depression was the very season when I began writing poetry. Just a few years later, I have a spoken word art collection of over 100 poems. My poetry about depression is dark. Yet, it reveals how sad someone can be when a dark, heavy cloud follows them around.

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My suicidal depression led to psychomotor retardation. European Neuropsychopharmacology in their Volume 24, Issue 10, October 2014, Pages 1630-1640 showcases the following as it relates to psychomotor retardation.

Psychomotor retardation (PMR) has been recognized as one of the most fundamental features of major depressive disorder by the earliest psychiatric authors and is reflected in the use of various contemporary classification systems. Descriptions of PMR have remained consistent in the literature; most portrayals of depressive symptomatology emphasized disturbances in speech, facial expression, fine motor behavior, gross locomotor activity, or ideation.

Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Suffering from psychomotor retardation in 2017 from prolonged depression as a result of mental cruelty, I spoke slowly, moved slowly, was foggy-minded and confused, unable to concentrate, and with significantly handicapped thinking, which only worsened my depression as I myself was able to witness that I was dysfunctional.

I’m sharing this to comfort you if you’re going through the same thing. It’s 2019, and I’m healthy, joyful, and very glad that I didn’t kill myself.

Here are 11 quotes for depression recovery for you to show you that depression is common, it’s debilitating, yes, BUT people do survive it, and it does get better. Life got better for me. Your life will also get better.

Be here tomorrow.

Depression Recovery Quote from Tony Robbins

Depression can feel like an endless cycle: you don’t have the energy to fight back, which only makes the depression worse. This makes your energy even lower and dealing with depression becomes seemingly impossible. Instead of getting caught in this cycle of suffering, you can change your body and mind with positive, empowering rituals that create a feedback loop that brings you up instead of taking you down.

Tony Robbing about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Angelina Jolie

I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn’t capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active.

Angelina Jolie about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Dolly Parton

I got overweight and I was going through the change of life, I was having a lot female problems, I’d been going through a whole lot of family things, just the stress, the heartache There were several things going on at that time. I was just broken down. It was an awful time for me. Every day I thought: “I wish I had the nerve to kill myself.” Sometimes God just has to smack you down. He was almost saying: “Sit your pretty little ass down because we have to deal with some stuff!” I just said to God:
“Look this is ridiculous, I am not happy,” arguing about why when they say you shouldn’t commit suicide because that’s a sin you can’t get forgiven. Everything was just confusing to me and I was just angry and I was hurt and I was unhappy. So, I just said to God: “You’re going to have to get me some answers or I’m getting out of here and then we’ll both deal with it.” After that, I was twice the person I ever was. It was good for me. I didn’t drink or get on drugs but I saw where you could. I saw how people could get depressed enough to kill themselves. People are always saying to me I’m happy all the time but nobody is happy all the time. I am a tender-hearted person and I feel everything to the ninth degree. Every once in a while, I just feel sad-hearted and melancholy.

Dolly Parton Opens Up About Contemplating Suicide 

Depression Recovery Quote from Torron-Lee Dewar

Always seek the light even in the darkest atmospheres. That’s how we become victorious.

Torron-Lee Dewar about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Tim Ferris

In hindsight, it’s incredible how trivial some of it seems. At the time, though, it was the perfect storm. I include wording like “impossible situation,” which was reflective of my thinking at the time, not objective reality.

Tim Ferriss on How He Survived Suicidal Depression

Depression Recovery Quote from Oprah Winfrey

I felt like I was behind a veil. I felt like what many people had described over the years on my show, and I could never imagine it. What’s depression? Why don’t you just pick yourself up? That’s when the gratitude practice became really strong for me, because it’s hard to remain sad if you’re focused on what you have instead of what you don’t have.

ABC News, Oprah Winfrey Opens Up about Her Depression

Depression Recovery Quote from Jim Carrey

I had to get off Prozac at a certain point. You need to get out of bed every day and say that life is good. That’s what I did, although at times it was very difficult for me.

Jim Carrey about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Ellen DeGeneres

“Everything that I ever feared happened to me. I lost my show. I’ve been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money. When I walked out of the studio after five years of working so hard, knowing I had been treated so disrespectfully for no other reason than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression. I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants for the first time in my life. It was scary and lonely. All I’d known for 30 years was work, and all of a sudden I had nothing. Plus, I was mad. It didn’t feel fair – I was the same person everyone had always known. Eventually, I started meditating, working out and writing again, and I slowly started to climb out of it.

Ellen DeGeneres about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Lady Gaga

When I speak about mental health, especially when I’m speaking about mine, it is often met with quietness. Or maybe, a somber line of fans, waiting outside to whisper to me in the shadows about their darkest secrets. We need to bring mental health into the light. My inner voice was shut down, which I have learned now is very unhealthy. I was not empowered to say no. I began to notice that I would stare off into space and black out for seconds or minutes. I would see flashes of things I was tormented by, experiences that were filed away. I’m telling you this, because for me it was too late. I wish I had mental health resources then.

Lady Gaga about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Gwyneth Paltrow 

I never thought that I would be a person who got postnatal depression. I was so euphoric when Apple was born, and I assumed it would happen with Mosey and it just took a while. I had postnatal depression after my son. A doctor tried to put me on antidepressants and I thought, if I need them, then yes, I’ll come back to it. They are lifesavers for certain people for sure. I thought, well, what if I went to therapy and I started exercising again, and I stopped drinking alcohol and I just gave myself a period of regeneration and I slept more? I broke out of it. I went into a dark place. It’s a very debilitating thing, and I think there’s so much shame around it and there shouldn’t be.

Gwyneth Paltrow about Depression Recovery

Depression Recovery Quote from Lilly Singh

Depression is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a part of life. I really wanted people to start talking about it so I’m going to lead by example. I’m going to openly talk about it.

Lilly Singh on Struggling with Depression


I created this collection of 11 quotes for depression recovery to encourage and empower you. You’re alone in your struggle. Yes, depression is difficult, dark, disorienting, debilitating, devastating, and demoralizing. I’ve been there, I know how hard it is to just hang in there every second of every endless dark day. I know. I know. Still, I tell you: there is hope.

If you want to read my depression recovery story, I have a popular blog about depression, so read it next to get uplifted, to know that you will make it through this, you will survive this depression. You will thrive.

I help women see themselves the way God sees them. 

In the last few years, I’ve personally been on a quest to figuring out and conquering the negative voices in my head that distort my understanding of who I am. I call those voices the Shitty Committee, and each of us has that special committee in our headspace. 

I’ve specifically been focusing on my identity in Christ. 

From the Bible, I discovered 52 incredibly-positive things God says about us as His children. Those 52 precious discoveries turned into 52 Biblical affirmations I created to encourage and empower Christian women. 

To help share this life-changing information with you, I created an ebook called #52Devotionals. Download it now for free

My free ebook helps you understand who God says you are. Don’t be vulnerable to identity attacks from the mainstream media, relatives, coworkers, your boss, society, culture, and the voices in your head. 

Stand firm and know what God says about you.

Anna Szabo Ebook Devotionals for Women #52Devotionals

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