Depression is difficult to explain to someone who hasn't lived it first-hand. Thoughts are encrusted in an impenetrable negativity and lack of self-worth, but you can't see thoughts.

Depression isn't always detectable, as pharmaceutical ads have historically displayed people with depression to be --sad, brooding and unkempt-- but this perspective is slowly (and thankfully) changing.

Depression is an invisible illness and, despite much research of the illness, it is still highly misunderstood. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, depression is the top cause of disability worldwide.

I create these graphics as a way to help others understand how a person living with depression might respond and to support my fellow humans who valiantly live with depression every day.

You can follow these #DepressionSaysThis posts and other images I create on my Instagram account @lady_archiva



Graphics are created using Canva  (@Canva) & FontCandy (@easytigerapps).