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Living with Depression: A Guide for Coping with Depressive Feelings

Living with depression is like carrying a backpack full of boulders around with you all day. It weighs you down, saps your energy, and leaves you with little motivation to get out of bed in the morning (much less take a shower, get dressed, and go to work).

We know it’s not always easy to carry that burden. We know that some days, it’s hard to keep up hope — the whole world seems overwhelming. Against us. We know that some days, living with depression might as well be living with leprosy, as friends and family avoid us.

That’s why we’ve developed a wealth of resources to help you to live a better life — even with depression. Our “Living with Depression” guide is here to help you live your life without depression being the defining characteristic of it.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2020). Living with Depression: A Guide for Coping with Depressive Feelings. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from
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Last updated: 1 Jul 2020 (Originally: 9 Jan 2017)
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