Depression is one of the most common conditions in the United States, with an estimated one in three people experiencing it at some point in their lives.
And perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of the mental health condition is that there is no “cure.” (Although there are many treatments that can help.) Some people have a relatively short experience of depression, while others may spend their entire lives with recurrent episodes or ongoing problems with depression.
There are different types of depression, ranging from major depressive disorder to dysthymia, a low-grade depression that is on the rise.
No matter how long your depression lasts, learning how to deal with it is critical. Sometimes a good laugh can help. (Not sure if you have depression? Here are the telltale signs of depression.)
Dealing with depression through humor
Exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, therapy and medication are all important treatments for depression. But humor can also help you deal with the daily darkness. And one way to laugh is with depression memes. (For more ideas, check out how these people successfully cope with depression.)
But aren’t depression memes depressing? For people who have been diagnosed with depression, spending time looking at depression memes — even those that are “dark” to others — may be beneficial, according to a 2020 study published in Nature. People with depression found the depression memes funny, relatable, shareable, and most importantly, mood-elevating, far more than those who weren’t depressed.
Depression memes can be helpful for a number of reasons, explains lead author Jennie Drabble, PhD, senior lecturer in psychology at Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. They can help people see their situation in a humorous light and feel more connected to other people with depression, acting as an outlet for coping with their feelings, she says.
So with that, here are some of the best depression-related memes on the internet that you or someone you know could relate to.