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That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.
I start to get the feeling that something is really wrong.
Everything's plastic, we're all going to die sooner or later, so what does it matter.
I admire Bruce Springsteen because he's a heroic person who has lots of integrity and has this incredible body of work that is so vital.
Depression is about as close as you get to somewhere between dead and alive, and it's the worst.
...occasionally I wished I could walk through a picture window and have the sharp, broken shards slash me to ribbons so I would finally look like I felt.
homesickness is just a state of mind for me. i'm always missing someone or someplace or something, i'm always trying to get back to some imaginary somewhere. my life has been one long longing.
Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it.
The voices in my head, which I used to think were just passing through, seem to have taken up residence.
In life, single women are the most vulnerable adults. In movies, they are given imaginary power.
It's like Samson and Delilah: watch your back, because trouble could be the person you're sleeping with.
In a strange way, I had fallen in love with my depression.
How can you hide from what never goes away?
A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight!
One of the terrible fallacies of contemporary psychotherapy is that if people would just say how they felt, a lot of problems could be solved.
If you are chronically down, it is a lifelong fight to keep from sinking
But just as a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing, a little bit of energy, in the hands of someone hell-bent on suicide, is a very dangerous thing.
The biggest problem that women have is being ambivalent about their own power, ... We should be comfortable with the idea of wielding power. We shouldn't feel that it detracts from our femininity.
Embrace fanaticism. Harness joie de vivre by pursuing insane interests, consuming passions, and constant sources of gratification that do not depend on the approval of others
I start to feel like I can't maintain the facade any longer, that I may just start to show through. And I wish I knew what was wrong. Maybe something about how stupid my whole life is.
In a typical mental health catch-22, the alienating nature of depression tends to keep its sufferers from finding their way to the very support groups that might help them.
Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across as much as for getting your point across.
I was so scared to give up depression, fearing that somehow the worst part of me was actually all of me.
That's what it's like in my head all the time, constant snow, constant weather patterns of all sorts - blizzards, cyclones.
I don't think it matters how many parents you've got, as long as those who are around make their presence a good one.
I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn't one I'll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it's worth it.
There are some remarks that are so stupid that to be even vaguely aware of them is the intellectual equivalent of living next door to Chernobyl.
Sometimes I wish I could walk around with a HANDLE WITH CARE sign stuck to my forehead.
How can you hide from what never goes away? --Heraclitus
...if you feel everything intensely, ultimately you feel nothing at all.
Ritalin abuse is a big issue in the US.
They have no idea what a bottomless pit of misery I am.
Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don't know the answer, I know only that I can't.
My imagination, my ability to understand the way love and people grow over time, how passion can surprise and renew, utterly failed me.
Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent
Sometimes it feels like we're all living in a Prozac nation. The United States of Depression.
It's nonverbal: I need love. I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on. And I know it's around me somewhere, but I just can't feel it.
It was just very interesting to me that certain types of women inspire people's imagination, and all of them were very difficult women.
I need someone to shut off my brain, and turn on my heart.
My life's actually been quite dull; it's not all that glamorous.
You know you've completely descended into madness when the matter of shampoo has ascended to philosophical heights.
My God, I could raise a family of six children and hold down a full-time job with all the energy I expend on depression!
I wasn't just the madwoman in the attic--I was the attic itself. The past was all over me, all under me, all inside me.
I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on.
Into every sunny life a little rain must fall.
In my case, I was not frightened in the least bit at the thought that I might live because I was certain, quite certain, that I was already dead.
Age is a terrible avenger. The lessons of life give you so much to work with, but by the time you've got all this great wisdom, you don't get to be young anymore.
Sometimes, I get so consumed by depression that it is hard to believe that the whole world doesn't stop and suffer with me.
The American Dream, coupled with government subsidies of utilities and cheap consumer goods courtesy of slave labour somewhere else, has kept the poor huddled masses from rising up.
I dont know if im running because i'm scared or if i'm scared because i'm running.