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People Are Sharing What Their 'Depression Voice' Sounds Like


We all have voices. We want to express ourselves and feel heard. When those voices are kind they make us feel good. We’re trying our best, we’re doing good things for others and we want to help people.

Then there is the depression voice.

The depression voice isn’t kind. It tells you things like, “You’re worthless,” and, “Nobody cares about you.” The depression voice is unrelenting, unforgiving and cruel. I have heard the depression voice for years starting when I was 15.

The depression voice stayed around and carried on into my adult life. I am almost 40 years old and I’ve been dealing with the depression voice for over half of my life. Sometimes I can tweet it out and other times it’s so loud I can’t drown it out. This week it was incredibly painful and wouldn’t stop talking to me. I held my head in my hands and cried. I reached out to the mental health community and asked if they heard a depression voice in their heads.

Naturally, I went on Twitter, which is my internet home, and asked people in the mental health community to share what their depression voice says to them. I used the hashtag #DepressionVoice. I was surprised to hear some of the responses and they felt too close to home.

What does your “depression voice” sound like? What can you say back? Let us know in the comments below, and read this piece for inspiration: 14 Lies Your Mental Illness Is Telling You — and What You Can Say Back.