7 movie quotes about depression

This blog provides you with a list of movie quotes about depression that describe what depression is like and how it affects people. 

Movie quotes about depression

“All right. I understand. You’ve had a tough day. I can see how this could get a little depressing here, couldn’t it? This place isn’t exactly happy.” 

— Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, 1999

“There is a depression after an answer is given. It was almost fun not knowing.” 

— Twin Peaks, 1990

“Before I moved into the Squeeze Inn, I was out looking for work, and putting in applications in 2008, and it was just tough. And I got to a really, really low point. And I thought about suicide, and I decided I was going to go buy a bottle of booze, turn on the propane stove, and I was going to drink that booze until I passed out. And if I woke up, I was going to light a cigarette, and I was going to blow us all up. And I looked at my two sweet little trusting dogs, my Cocker Spaniel, and my little Toy Poodle, and I just couldn’t do that to them. And I thought, well, I can’t do that to me, either.” 

—Nomadland, 2020.

“Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to just being depressed.” 

— 20th Century Woman, 2022. 

“If writings did not exist, what terrible depressions we would suffer.” 

—The pillow book, 1996. 

“There’s a lesson here, which is never try to make life or death decisions when you’re feeling suicidal.” 

— Bulworth, 1998

“What happened to us? What happened to all the things that we used to dream about for our lives? I just feel like it’s getting further and further away.” 

— Joy, 2015

Letting it get to you. You know what that’s called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts. 

— Doctor Who

I am clinically depressed. It’s been going on my whole life, so I’m actually really good at handling it. It strikes me whenever and I have no idea why. So, the only thing I need from you is to not make a big deal out of it and be okay with how I am, and the fact that you can’t fix me. 

— You’re the Worst, 2014

Strong is fighting. It’s hard, and it’s painful, and it’s everyday. It’s what we have to do. And we can do it together. — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Just because no one has loved you yet doesn’t mean you’re unlovable

— Casual, 2015

“My mom has to take medicine, or she’ll get upset and buy too much at the mall.” 

— The edge of Seventeen, 2016

TV defeats its own purpose when it’s pushing an agenda or trying to defeat other TV or being proud or ashamed of itself for existing. It’s TV – it’s comfortable. It’s a friend you’ve known so well and for so long you just let it be with you. And it needs to be okay for it to have a bad day or phone in a day. And it needs to be okay for it to get on a boat with LeVar Burton and never come back. Because eventually, it all will. 

— Community, 2015 

“If I couldn’t tell you that I was unhappy sometimes, it is because I didn’t want to risk hurting the one person I treasure most.” 

— Shall we dance?, 2004

Happiness can’t be pursued. It either comes to you or it doesn’t. You can always say “if only this and if only that”; but if only is a state of mind that we get into when we feel deprived. 

–- Masked And Anonymous, 2003

You’re dead, Carl. You say “no” to life and therefore, you’re not living. You make up excuses to the people around you and to yourself. You’re stuck in the same dead-end job you’ve had for years. You lost the love of your life because she couldn’t be with someone who didn’t live theirs. And on most nights you’re so bored and filled with ennui, you can’t even summon the enthusiasm necessary to masturbate. Am I right, Carl? 

— Yes Man, 2008

“I get so lonely – especially when business is bad and there’s nobody to talk to. I get the feeling that I’ll never sell anything anymore, that I won’t make a living for you, or a business, a business for the boys.” — Death of a salesman.

“This crying in the morning thing, this depression, let’s get that fixed.” —About a boy.

“I felt thoroughly depressed and even quite seriously considered committing suicide. Life seemed so much not worth living and death was such an easy way out.” — Heavenly Creatures, 

“All the drugs, all the therapy, fights, anger, guilt, rave, suicidal thoughts, all of that was part of some slow recovery process. The same way I went down I came back up, gradually… and then suddenly. The pills weren’t the cure at all. God knows, but they gave me breathing space which allowed me to start writing again.” —Prozac nation. 

“Man wants chaos. In fact, he’s got to have it. Depression, strife, riots, murder. All this dread. We’re irresistibly drawn to that almost orgiastic state created out of death and destruction. It’s in all of us.” —Waking Life. 

“I know how you feel. Like you wanna lay down and die.” —Malcom X

They want to be unhappy to confirm they’re depressed. If they were happy they couldn’t be depressed anymore. They’d have to go out into the world and live. Which can be depressing.” —Closer

“Now I’m depressed. Now I feel like killing myself, but luckily I’m too depressed to bother.” —Pump up the volume. 

How can one manage depression?

Depression or clinically known as major depressive disorder, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, is a  serious mood disorder where people affected by it experience persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. 

Apart from these emotional distress, people with depression can also experience physical symptoms such as chronic pain, or changes in their behaviour such as social withdrawal or slowed movements.

The depression  is marked by:

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day- either by their own observation or observation made by others.
  • Diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day.
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia. 
  • A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day.
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.

During this time, a person might experience depression that manifest in the form of:

  • ignoring responsibilities
  • avoiding family and friends
  • performing poorly at work due to a lack of focus
  • Fighting and anger 
  • Substance use.
  • Remain anxious and irritable when interaction with others
  • They might also develop unhealthy diet and sleeping patterns as well. 
  • It is also possible that in severe cases, might also develop thoughts of suicide or suicde realted behavior.

A few things that we can do on an individual’s level to manage and maintain our mental health include:

If you find yourself struggling with depression and loneliness, we urge you to seek support from a professional immediately. 

Here are a few resources form the NHS that you can make use of if you are suicidal, depressed, or engageing in self harm. 

  • Call 116 123 to talk to Samaritans, or email: jo@samaritans.org for a reply within 24 hours
  • Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” if you’re under 19
  • If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
  • Self Injury Support webchat (for women and girls) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9.30pm
  • CALM webchat (for men) is open from 5pm to midnight every day

You can also reach out to your local medical service providers or a mental health service provider. 

If you are hesitant about reaching out for help, speak to a trusted friend or adult about what you are going through.

Do not hesitate to make use of resources provided to seek out professional support.

Seek out therapeutic care

Engaging with a therapist, being diligent with your medication, and making the changes you need to make to get better will determine your prognosis.

If the cost of therapy is becoming a burden consider talking to your therapist for a sliding scale option or the possibility of a pro bono case, and if that is not possible ask your therapist to refer you to someone who can take on your case at a much lower rate or for free. 

Your therapist will help you understand what is happening to you, might prescribe you medication if needed, and can help you tap into your own strengths that can help you adapt to challenges, changes, and overcome them.

Join a support group

Another thing you can do for yourself is to join a support group of people struggling with depression so that you can experience emotional support first hand within these communities and over time learn how to manage your challenges by learning from each other. 

It is possible that people with depression can also struggle with a sense of worthlessness, a feeling that you have nothing of value to offer. By joining a group that is open, empathetic, and growing towards healing, you and your experiences can be an excellent sense of support to someone else who is also in their early part of their journey. 

Seek out positive relationships

Like seeking out support in groups, seek out positive relationships in your life that do not judge and rather support you as you get better.

These can be friends, family and even past coworkers who offer support and a shoulder to learn on when you need it. 

These positive relationships can enable you to heal as well as help you as you move forward in life. 

Focus on resting and recovering

The most important thing that you can do for yourself is to rest and focus on recovering, do not rush yourself to get better so that you can go back to school or go back to work. 

Instead, take time to eat well, rest well, exercise, give time to yourself to think and engage in things you used to like doing before you started working- be it reading comics, or playing video games, or walking your pet.

Take effort to engage in things that you love doing, explore new activities if you feel like it and explore the world around you. 


This blog provided you with a list of movie quotes about depression that describe what depression is like and how it affects people. 


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