Am I Depressed Or Just Miserable?

Believe it or not, depression and misery are two different things. In depression, certain symptoms last over two weeks. Misery can be a temporary spurt of depression that lasts maybe a day or two. Take this test to see if you are just miserable or are actually depressed.

  • 1
    I've been feeling the way I do now for over two weeks.
    I've been feeling the way I do now for over two weeks.
  • 2
    I've been having thoughts of suicide.
  • 3
    I've been having the urge to cut.

  • 4
    I haven't been eating or sleeping like normal.
  • 5
    I have withdrawn myself from family and friends.
  • 6
    I have placed myself in confinement.

  • 7
    I've been asking myself why I have to live.
  • 8
    Every time I get asked to go anywhere, or do anything that requires movement, I decline.
  • 9
    I feel lost, like I don't know what's going on half the time.
  • 10
    I feel empty inside.

  • 11
    I feel alone and desperate.
  • 12
    I am starting to cry more than normal, and when I do cry, it's very difficult to stop.
  • 13
    Anything can set me off.
  • 14
    I cry myself to sleep at least three nights a week.
  • 15
    I feel like no one's there for me.
  • 16
    I'm desperate for my life to end.

  • 17
    I'm on medication for depression.
  • 18
    I have attempted suicide in the past two weeks, and I feel like trying again.
  • 19
    I am desperate for this pain to end, now.
  • 20
    I feel numb inside most of the time.

Comments (168)


13 days ago
#Kenzie me too. I feel like🕊and just wanna end it.
16 days ago
I want to die right now.
20 days ago
It was a Thursday afternoon at around 3:00 and I was 14 at the time. I had just started high school a few months ago and I was just feeling lost and unwanted. On top of that my uncle had committed suicide and passed away a few weeks prior and now my best friend told me she was attempting. I came home from school and I got in a fight with my parents so I went to take a shower to give myself time to breathe and relax. In the shower I cried as I thought about everything that was going on and I remembered something my small group leader had said the day before. She said “if you’re ever feeling hopeless and don’t know what to do and you just need to hear God, talk to him- tell him everything that’s going on. Talk until you have nothing else to say. Then wait. Wait and just breathe, be still. He will talk to you. Maybe he’ll remind you of song lyrics or something a friend said to you once, but the way you know that it’s God is that it will bring you peace.” So with tears streaming down my face I told God everything that I was feeling and everything that I was struggling with. And then I sat down on the bottom of the tub and I waited. I sat there and conditioned my hair and eventually stopped crying. Then I was reminded of the song that goes “you are here, moving in our midst. I worship you. I worship you…” and I started softly singing it. And then I closed my eyes and sang “you are waymaker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness, my God that is who you are” and I sang that verse over and over until I had tears running down my cheeks again. And then I got to the part of the song where it says “even when I don't see it you're working, even when I don't feel it you're working. You never stop, you never stop working” and I sang that a couple times as I stood up with my eyes still closed. And in that moment I realized- even though I don’t know what to do, he does. He’s got this. He is a way maker. He is a miracle worker. He is a promise keeper. He is a light in the darkness. And most importantly he is my God and I can trust that the God who created the heavens and the universe can bring me out of this storm. So I opened my eyes, and I smiled. My problems weren’t miraculously fixed and my pain didn't fully go away, but as soon as I shifted my focus to God, my problems and the pain I was feeling got a whole lot less important. You see God doesn’t create us to fill space. He didn’t create us to just lay around and go through life without feeling any pain. He created us to walk beside him and lean on him for whatever we need help with. Think about it this way- you can’t fight a bear with your bare hands. You need some kind of weapon- right. It’s the same thing for whatever you are going through. No matter how hard you want to conquer your trials and fight your bear by yourself, it just won’t work. You need God. And sometimes it may not seem like he’s there and you wonder “Why God? Why is this happening? Can’t you fix this!?” and sometimes you just feel like crying and screaming “Where are you, God!?”. Well he’s right there beside you. And he cares about what you’re going through. Don't ever feel like your problems are too small for God. If they are big to you, then they are big to God. But no matter what, God is bigger. And if you trust in him then you can find peace and know that it’s out of your control. It is in the hands of the one person that can get you through it. And as I sang that song that clicked for me. I don’t need to fight alone- I have God on my side. So that not only brought me peace, but it also brought me joy. And I know it’s strange how I was able to smile and feel joy even though my pain and my problems were still there. Well there’s a big difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes as a result of an event or an object. You got a new car or you’re hanging out with your friends and that makes you happy. Happiness is surface-level and temporary. Joy on the other hand is way deeper. You can be in a situation where you feel overwhelmed and alone and still feel joy. You can have pain and problems and still have joy. Because joy doesn’t come as a result of something tangible. Joy comes from knowing that God is with you and that even in the hard times, you can still worship, and even in the sad times, you can still smile. Because you can be struggling mentally and physically but have joy. And we can thank Jesus for that.

So for anyone fighting a battle and wanting to give up, don’t. Every morning that you wake up you are still needed. Every morning you take that breath and you open your eyes, God still has a plan and a purpose for your life. It’s not over until God says that it’s over.
63 days ago
Also, I do need to say, if you are feeling anything, no matter how hard it is, get help. For me, I can go to my parents, if you can't go to them, then I would go to a counselor at school, a trusted adult, and if you go to a church, go to a youth leader, the pastor, or someone you trust.
63 days ago
For anyone who reads this, I want you to keep reading. Middle school for me made me very depressed, so my mom gave me these bible verses, and had me carry them with me everywhere. Whenever I felt sad, or doing something stupid, I would read these cards:

Matthew 11:28,
Come to me all you who a weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Psalm 23:4
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil. For thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Jeremiah 29:11
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope, and a future."

These are only a few, but I know that they can work. They worked for me, and they worked for my friend. Remember that God loves you, and he has a purpose for you!
124 days ago
i'm so tired. i feel so alone. he's 26 years older than me and i'm caught up on him. he doesn't even know i exist. he's one of the only things keeping me here! i love him. and i hate him and the power he has over my everyday life. he's; matthew gray gubler.
138 days ago
Do you know what 🕊tho? It's the fact that the ones who care the most are always the loneliest. The ones who laugh the most are always crying on the inside. I mean ever since the beginning of time, I've been the one to ALWAYS help and talk to literally anyone who might need help. But who's there for me? no one. And I should tell my parents? believe me, I have.
So ever since this started, I have gone through some noticeable changes. I've started to chew my nails all the time, I bite my lips till they start to bleed like crazy, and everything I used to be good at, is now just another load.
My parents can notice it when I'm hiding a freaking chocolate bar in my room. Why can't they understand depression?
I even tried being vocal about it but it just never works. They said "you're too young for depression"
Ummm..... Is there supposed to be an age?? like I turn 18 and I'm suddenly prone to anxiety and Depression?
I mean idk maybe they're right. Maybe wanting to end my life is just a phase! Maybe self harmm is like an emo thing. It doesn't matter. Right????
204 days ago
Please, show them this. I know it is hard. But they will believe you. Trust me. It might feel like they don't understand, but they will. Trust me. Please get help, would you rather be ashamed or dead? Because that is how it might end up

Ps. Watch "It's a Wonderful Life"
205 days ago
I don’t know what to do. I don’t understand me, my parents dont understand me, and my friends expect me to be someone im not. I feel like i dont matter. I know that my problems are insignificant in comparison to the world, and in the long term, my life is meaningless. I think if i died id just disappear. I dont think people would really care. I need help, i dont know what to do. I havent cut myself or anything but i think about it a lot. I went from crying once a year to three times a week.

Thanks for reading this if you did.

What should i do?
222 days ago

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224 days ago
wait am i really that depressed!?
oh... yeah i am
240 days ago
So is it depression, or misery? You are a little depressed. Please get yourself some support now while you're still feeling up to getting out and carrying on with normal life. Do this and everything will be fine. Just tell people, especially those who care about you, what's going on. They care and can probably help, if only by listening and being supportive.
249 days ago
Just start the conversation with "I've been feeling unusually sad lately. Can we talk about it?" I wish you all good luck and this will end well for you, I promise.
261 days ago
So im definitely depressed, i cut and am suicidal. I need help but i don't know how to tell someone, i just feel so scared... if anyone knows how i can tell someone and get help please tell me because im really struggling
285 days ago
Hello “you need to get your parents involved” dad: your doing it for attention
Mum: your fine
Me: having anxiety attacks and cutting everyday and finds it hard to sleep. And not scared of death
290 days ago
So is it depression, or misery? You are extremely depressed. Get some help, now. Everything will be OK. I know what you're going through, and I know it hurts like nothing you've ever felt before. The sooner you get help, the sooner this hurt will end. Hang in there and get help quickly. P.S.: Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain and NOT a character failing. Do not let anyone tell you differently.

290 days ago
I've been depressed for 2-4 years and my parents still haven't noticed
292 days ago
So is it depression, or misery? You are definitely depressed. Friends alone aren't going to be able to help. It's time to get your parents involved. I know it's going to be hard to tell them, but if you do, the pain will end faster. You need professional help, and I mean this in the most positive way. Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain and NOT a character failing. Do not let anyone tell you differently.

But... I can't tell my parents 'cause they don't give a 😻!
294 days ago
So is it depression, or misery? You are definitely depressed. Friends alone aren't going to be able to help. It's time to get your parents involved. I know it's going to be hard to tell them, but if you do, the pain will end faster. You need professional help, and I mean this in the most positive way. Depression is a chemical imbalance in your brain and NOT a character failing. Do not let anyone tell you differently.

Half of my mental "body" was taken away from me a few minutes ago. I have leaned on it ever since, I can't go without it, please someone, I can't say I am depressed to my family, I am going to kill myself rn please help guys please
305 days ago
any way idk who to talk to so oh well...