5 Positives I Have Found in Living With Depression

To be truthful, when I started writing this article it was called “The Worst Things About Depression.” I had written a rather long list, when suddenly the little voice inside my head started talking.

“Why so negative?”

“Because I can’t stand this stupid disease!” I retorted.

“But there are positive sides of it, and no one writes about them.”

“No there isn’t,” I scoffed at her. “Shut up! Let me write what I want!”

But I know the voice is right and I should listen to her. There are a few positive sides to depression, even though the negative tops them by far. Why be negative when we can be positive?

1. I’m experiencing something.

It is something the average person can’t. I can feel a sadness so deep and overwhelming not everyone can feel. Because of this horrible feeling, I can appreciate feeling normal, whereas a “normal” person just takes this for granted.

2. I am sensitive.

I am more sensitive to my needs and those of people around me because I know the feeling of such deep sadness. I can notice when another person isn’t feeling well or needs help. I know what to say and what not to say.

3. When I feel happy, I feel it with all my heart.

I’ve been feeling so miserable for so long when a spark of happiness comes down the lane I feel it so strongly and enjoy every moment of it!

4. My friends and family always check on me to make sure I’m OK.

Admittingly, it can be a little annoying sometimes, but I know there are people out there who love me and care about me even though I have a sickness they can’t see.

5. I’m alive!

Depression has been so close to ending my life so many times. I’ve fought off the urge to end my misery countless times, and I have succeeded. Although, I may still be miserable most of the time, I’m alive right now! I will go on living and I will fight my sickness, as hard as I have to and one day I will get better. Someone will find a cure for this disease, and I will look back and laugh at how miserable I could have ever been.

Although my list of the negative aspects of depression was much longer, I think this list is better and more inspiring. So if you’re suffering from depression, try to look at the good side, even though it’s hard. I know, but we will fight through this. You can do this!

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page. 
If you need support right now, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.

Related to Depression

Woman screaming and making time-out sign with her hands

My List of Demands for Depression

My depression is the bad guy in this story: the thief, the liar, the beast. It ties me to a chair and holds me in a dark room until I succumb to its wishes: to be sad, feel worthless and stay in bed all day. It forces itself into my mind, trying to control me, [...]
woman falling asleep over coffee

What It Feels Like to Have 'Chronic Depression Fatigue'

I’ve had friends tell me they’ve felt the extreme fatigue of depression long after they began feeling better, even when their depression was in remission. At the time I didn’t think much of this because I was in the midst of a many-years-long, serious depressive episode and couldn’t really imagine the depression being “in remission.” Why did I [...]
A photo in shades of purple of a woman with her eyes closed and her head resting on her closed hand

To the Person Who Feels Ashamed for Struggling So Much

This is something to remember when your struggle seems too much. I want you to remember this when you are struggling and you feel like giving up. You are strong. You are brave. You are worthy. Each time you make it through, each time you fight these thoughts that consume you, you are making it one step closer to recovery. Recovery [...]
A girl standing in front of the sun in a field

The One Who Sends Sunshine Through the Clouds of My Depression

Everything’s been dark lately. I don’t mean literally. I live in the tropics, and it’s the tail-end of summer right now. We get 12 hours of sunlight every day. But wherever I go, whatever I do, there’s a shadow on everything. On praise from my manager. On jokes from my friends. On the taste of [...]