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Welcome Out of Depression by Original-Blue Welcome Out of Depression by Original-Blue
This is a follow-up comic to the one I did a year ago, that was featured on buzzfeed.

I had a really rough week last week. I didn’t want to get out of bed or go to class or even eat. But I think I’ll be okay now.

Hi-res

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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-02-19
Welcome Out of Depression by Original-Blue ( Suggested by Istebrak and Featured by alexandrasalas )
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shaduf Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I can relate to this, but feeling a lot better now :)
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lolgrace14 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd suffered from depression too. I gotten better but I believe depression can't be fully cured.
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kecharagrl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I just need to say that you convey depression beautifully. It's an ugly thing sometimes. I'm always going to be depressed, but I've found ways to cope when things get bad. :) Kudos to you! Keep up the fight, because you are winning. Also, I want to say how awesome it is that you are stepping up to help someone else in need. Thank you for that. Because of people like you, we will never be alone.
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JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
"We are not fighting an invasion, we are leading a revolution."
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adarwen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i know these feelings, I was bullied all the way up to college an im still trying to close that hollow space
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Wyntry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful work, I love the message it portrays for those who do struggle with depression. The hope is there. Great job.
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LupDomnitor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Dude this is me.

AWESOME I feel like not many people understand depression unless they have gone through it.
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mr-comissions Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
If you took 60-70% of the bad things a person can be and put them in a container, the label would have my name on it.

Which is why I finally gave up trying to change, it's just not going to happen. I lost the war, the darkness won. Only form of winning I have now is a twisted, warped version of it. Taking meds didn't do a thing, therapy didn't do a thing, nothing does. It's over, I failed. I'm too far gone, don't try to save me, I'm not worth it...
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UnoriginalBlue47 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
If you open the book of life to your page, you'll find you, period.  So whatever and whoever you are is exactly right.  It's you.  That doesn't mean you can't change things about yourself you don't like, but it means that you have no one to measure up to but yourself.
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FalseEquilibrium Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats on the DD!! :D
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Orec12 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is one of the best works I have seen in a very long time :)

It makes me think of Pewdiepie's "draw my life" which had similar thoughtful life meaning. Brilliant artwork!!!!
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EqualToYou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Me too. 
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riotfaerie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This certainly made me cry. I am going through the same thing for over a year and trying to get out of it. Congratulations on your Daily Deviation. Truly deserved it.
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CJM99 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
This is a great reminder to us all how hard depression is to the effected

Another related topic I found out about is 'impostor syndrome' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor… some of the other visitors here may also relate. 
Its feeling like you cant take credit for doing anything right (or taking on the blame and guilt of things totally out of your control) and having a fear that people will 'find you out'

Since finding out this is an actual thing I feel I can often catch myself thinking these thoughts and recognise it, for me that itself is enough to help make it less life consuming!
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deadyeti Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Excellent.
I've been suffering from depression and was recently able to start turning the corner too.
Good luck to Stephanie and all that travel in that dark leaky boat.
Congrats on the DD.
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brumbies Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help so many people through depression - you deserve the daily deviation! <3
-brumbies x
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
T^T You are a wonderful human being! 
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I was where you were! What brought me out was the same thing: love. I decided to truly love God and give up doing things my way, and the world opened up. Great work :D
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Chronochu-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
My brother is fighting a similar battle now, I think this might help him in some way.
thank you ^-^~~~!!!
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LittleMissFailure Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
People who have good friends and family members that help them with their problems are the luckiest people in the world.
I am currently fighting my battle with depression alone. It is really tough, but I guess not everybody can have somebody come for their rescue when they need saving.
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Hello-Pillow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I wish love could fix that problem. I love my girlfried so much... but everytime I got a little discusion with her I start fighting that army again, they are always there waiting to kill me... and I don't want to fight them.. Even when my relationship goes well they're still there.  I don't want to do anything about that and I'm not sorry. Someday they will kill my soulless life and that would be fine.
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WhiteFoxCub Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good on you :heart: :hug:
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onslaughtart Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014   Artist
What if lost a love one
I'm still depressed because of that
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Don't forget to breath, I know where you're coming from. There are always people there along with you no matter what is thrown at you remember to fight back just as hard if not harder. Kick depression where the sun don't shine!
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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Good for you, this is a really nice comic it helps a lot!
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BloodhoundYellow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Huh. It seems I went through mild depression and not even knowing it. I experienced all of the above and I managed to get out of it by myself. Especially the "I'm sorry" part. I still feel the need to apologize for my existence, because I know I'm not that important anyway. I suppose I've just accepted that I'm a good for nothing loser. It's better than waking up everyday wishing that I hadn't woken up at all. XD
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TheSovietRambo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
That's the spirit!

In all seriousness though, that's as close to a full recovery as is possible.
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BloodhoundYellow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I hope not. Sometimes I'm afraid of falling back to feeling like I did. I still feel vulnerable. I still want to believe I can actually do something in my life rather than just exist. But sometimes I pause and think my life is already down the shitter and not worth saving. It was ruined the moment I dropped from college.
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TheSovietRambo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I haven't been able to escape that feeling, and it's been almost 7 years.
I guess that the best that we can do is achieve the smaller things, even if only just to keep ourselves going.
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BloodhoundYellow Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Well, if doing small things make you smile then you should keep it up. :3 Small things make me happier than doing big things sometimes.
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Gae-ta Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Sadly i don't think i'll ever be able to love myself, my face is just too ugly:saddummy: i do however have a nice friendship with myself, as long as there is no mirrors involved:meow:
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think people are highly misunderstanding this piece. Just because it's a short, one page comic doesn't mean the artist just "got over it" in a day. Even with chemical depression, an awareness of your own emotional state and cycles can go a long way towards keeping your head above water, even in the worst of times. As hard as it might be to swallow - your mental health and how you help it begins with YOU and no one else. I'm really side-eyeing some of these "well, yours wasn't REAL depression if you just got over it so quickly" comments. How about we not have a cock fight about who's depression is worse, hmm?

ANY. WAY.
Yes, I can relate to this in parts, especially the over apologising - it's strange how those little words "I'm sorry" repeated unnecessarily just chips away every single time at your own self confidence. I really like the style of the comic - the sketchy lines and slowly warming colours really bring the narrative to life!
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Amai-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I know these words. You've captured them beautifully.
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Archany Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Filmographer
amazing message
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Singemeister Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
If I could fist-bump you through the internet, I would. This is pretty much what happened to me, with an added bit of becoming the mask.
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williewildcat Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Having waged war on depression for three years, I can relate to much if not all of this.  Mine was a result of my crumbling marriage and other life dramas that I couldn't persevere against.  GOOD WORK!
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XIII-C Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
ISorry but... I don't agree with you.
You can't fix depression with a patch.
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Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps you didn't read the patch..

My love for my little sister who is all I have in the world fills the gap..
I still have the despair. the emptiness. the feeling. you know what they are
but I think about my little sister who loves me no matter who I am and the things I have done and I love her too. it helps
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Somewhat-Human Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's a metaphorical patch.
The patch represents love, friendship, support, and other things that help fight depression.  
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you.
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jcroxas Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I am here still on bed, reading this and being inspired ao early in the morning. Thank you. :)
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ArcangelaRay Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks steph , ...but its hard for me to want ...I have actually forgot how to feel :-:
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EpicMyst Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so connected to this, this is so relatable to me. You put into words things I could not the majority of my young life. I feel so liberated reading this.

Keep up the fine fight there, dear lady. And thanks for giving back by sharing such a lovely thing <3
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BiBendi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Well, I don't know, but I strongly disagree about the last part...
Depression is not something you can decide out of.
The fact you were able to want things means, the depression was in recession...
I am sorry, but this just seems like a real facilization of a really complex problem.
I mean, no offense, but this just makes depression look like something you can change in a day and we both know it is definitely not that way.

I am however happy for you to finding a way out of it and I wish you the best.
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Depression isn't something you can decide not to have, but it's definitely something you can decide to fight/get help for; that's how I'm interpreting this. I don't think the panel is a literal take of "so, then I decided not to have depression so I'm cured"
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BiBendi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Well, yeah... but trust me, there are people that will only gather one crooked piece of information from this...
Something like: Ah-ha, so all these sick bastards only feel bad because they want to! Let us just tell them not to and they will be cured...
And I know that from the first hand, that is the worst thing you can tell to a depressed person...

What I mean is, this is a popularization and there is a lot of people that have no idea what depression is really about and they might just get the kind of opinions, that are so harmful for someone suffering a depression.
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Kokorococoa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Maybe she had mental depression and not chemical depression...
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ClTY Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
I hope you're okay now hun, I know what depression is like, guh. I've had ti for four years now- something I hope no one ever experiences. ; - ;  Well deserved of a Daily Deviant, if I must say. ♥
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Alisuuyori Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me a little of myself, except I have really bad confidence and I just can't seem to "grow" out of it like everyone says I will... Hopefully I will one day though ^  ^
I'm trying as hard as I can.
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Sonicfan730 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This sends out a nice, positive message. Something that people do rarely these days. This piece is touching Andes starting to motivate me. Thanks for making this. It made my day.
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