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The blues.

The black dog.

Melancholia.

The doldrums.

There are lots of terms and metaphors used to talk about different types of depression, but it can be difficult to articulate a disorder that can consume your life and affect the way you think, feel, and handle even the most basic day-to-day tasks.

Stigma and a lack of understanding around depression can make opening up even harder.

If you’re living with depression, it’s important to know you’re not alone — about 16 million people in the United States are affected by depression. And now more than ever, people are speaking up to build awareness, combat stigma, and find support.

Thousands of people take to Twitter and other social platforms daily to express their thoughts and feelings on what it’s like to live with such a daunting condition using the hashtags #DepressionFeelsLike, #WhatYouDontSee, and #StoptheStigma, among others.

Here’s what they’re saying.

Real Talk

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Putting on a brave face

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Feeling stuck

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Trying to "sleep it off"

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That spark of hope

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Shawntel Bethea is a writer and patient advocate living with ulcerative colitis, atopic dermatitis, anemia, anxiety, and depression. She launched Chronically Strong to educate, inspire, and empower others living with chronic conditions to be more than just patients — to also be partners in their own healthcare. You can find Shawntel on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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