In this brief guide, we will look at 13 of the most moving Depression Monologues.
Depression and Monologues
Depression monologues are pieces in the literature that one person speaks, and their content is sad and tends to feature symptoms of Depression-like not wanting to eat or sleep.
These monologues contain a romanticized, tortured version of depression that gives us a peek into some of the most troubled minds in literature.
These monologues about depression are great for competitions and for journals and essays, or for any comparative study of the representation of Depression in literature.
Depression Monologue by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath was an American writer and poet, who struggled with depression her entire adult life and eventually died of suicide.
In her most famous work The Bell Jar, she uses the analogy of fig trees to showcase a classic symptom of depression, which is the inability of the person suffering from depression to make decisions and the low mood they feel all the time, as well as the hopelessness about the future.
Here is this monologue about depression:
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn’t quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”
Depression monologue in Misplaced
Misplaced is a female drama monologue, the character M explains the effects of her experiences when she feels disconnected from life and herself, which is known as depersonalization and can be a symptom of severe depression.
“M: I listen inside myself to the hum…this humming sound, between my ears, deep within my brain somewhere…when I listen to it, when I pay attention to it, everything goes into slow motion. My concentration intensifies and the humming gets worse; worse in the sense that, there’s a danger that starts bubbling up in the pit of my stomach and then a vibration echoes through me, through the rest of my body…I start to get mixed in my brain; panicky, worrisome; a tunnel I’m trapped inside of or a drowning kind of sensation but more like an emotional drowning, not so much physical…
It can last for hours and hours…one time it even lasted for days and even when I regained my sense of self, it took me time to feel like me again. I don’t know what you call this…maybe I’m losing my mind and it frightens me, to be honest…I’ve never uttered a word to this before to anyone I know…thank you for hearing me out.”
Depression monologue in The Darkness
This is a monologue describing symptoms of depression, namely wanting to be alone, being in the dark, wanting to be left alone, and a desire to let go.
People suffering from depression but still functioning at the same time may often feel like cutting themselves off from the world and sitting alone not doing anything, and this monologue about depression captures that well.
“I wish I was scared of the dark. I mean most people are, but I always find comfort sitting in it. Get home, shower lay in bed. Don’t turn the lights on. My daily routine. Sit in the dark and listen to music. A vampire. That’s what my mom calls me. It’s not that I don’t like the light, you just think differently in the dark. You find comfort in it like a big black blanket wrapped around you.
You just let go not knowing what could happen. Your mind travels to so many places and everything’s fine. Until you realize you’re alone. The feeling of loneliness hits you. You have no one to talk to. Everyone’s asleep. You’ve thought so much that the big black blanket is now suffocating you. So, tell me is the darkness safe or dangerous?.”
Depression Monologue from Unbroken, by D. M. Larson
This monologue about depression talks about two things, the depression the person felt before they met the person they love so much, and how the person healed them.
It shows how love and depression can help with feeling broken and depressed.
“You found me, cast aside, lost, and broken. You searched through the rubble to find the severed pieces of my life, and slowly fit them back together again.
Before you, I felt like I was dying. The panic consumed me and squeezed the life from my heart. But I didn’t care. When we are weighed down by the torture of hate, we don’t fear death. There was nothing to live for… until I met you.
You rebuilt me and fixed what was broken. You made me better and pieced me back together in new ways that improved me. With the right parts, I was reborn… and life felt real… and right for the first time.”
Depression Monologue from Female Drama Inner Core
This monologue is from a female drama, where the character suffering from depression, Shelley, talks to her Doctor during a therapy session to gain clarity on her issues.
“Sometimes I stare inside myself and try to figure out how I can kill my inner core. There are days when I wish to remove myself from myself. Start fresh. Anew. Mop myself clean and start over again. Keep the same outer shell but with new inner meaning and purpose. Sort of like an upgrade to an old program that doesn’t function as well as it should because it’s outdated. I desperately need to upgrade my system but there is no way for me to clean out my inner core. It will always remain…the remnants of my past, the wires that have rusted and gone awry…they will always stay in place…you can never disconnect from your past self…we may try and act like we do but deep down, we always carry the same software.”
This monologue perfectly displays the symptom of worthlessness that patients with depression are tormented by every day, and the feelings of hatred they turn inward.
Depression monologue from The Bullied, Bungled, and Botched
Below is a monologue that represents depression from a play by D. M. Larson, called “The Bullied, Bungled and Botched”.
This monologue explores the feelings of the character Jamie, who is showing symptoms of depression like Helplessness and Hopelessness, as well as feelings of excessive guilt.
In some patients, the excessive guilt can even turn into the delusion of guilt, when depression gets incredibly severe and psychotic symptoms start cropping up as well.
“Yes, you’re right. I have to toughen up… there’s always someone who has it worse than me. Sorry, I am so depressed all the time… sorry I bring you down. I don’t mean to ruin your day… Or your life. I’d love to stop being depressed. I wish I could look on the bright side and turn that frown upside down. I wish it were that easy.”
“You think it’s my fault, don’t you? You think it’s all in my head. Yes, we all have this problem, don’t we? We all get a little blue sometimes. I get very blue all the time. I’m so blue I’m purple. Don’t tell me you understand… you don’t understand!”
“Do you really know how this feels? Do you really know how this grips me inside and threatens to rip me apart? Do you know the weight that holds me down, a weight so powerful I can hardly move.”
“Yes, I am using this to punish you. I am angry at you so I’m acting this way to hurt you… I need to stop feeling sorry for myself… Me, me, me… yes, it’s all about me… I want you all to drop everything and focus on me! I’m sorry I even came out of my room.”
“Oh yeah… a nice cup of tea will instantly cure me – maybe if you put some strychnine in it. I wish I could just snap out of it… like it was some kind of spell a witch cast on me. I’m waiting for some prince to come along and kiss my tears away.”
“Don’t worry. I won’t say anything anymore. I didn’t want to bring it up. I didn’t want to talk about it anyway…”
“I bet you’re sorry you asked how I was doing. How am I doing anyway? I’m hurting so bad. I wish there was something that would take away the pain. I can’t handle this much longer.”
“All I want to know is that I’m not alone… that I’m important to someone. Maybe I want a hug sometimes. Maybe I want someone to tell me I’m not going crazy, that’s it’s not really my fault.”
“I need to know I didn’t do this to myself and that I’m not the cause of this horrible thing that’s happening to me. I want someone to be here for me and help me through this. I need someone stronger than me… I’m so weak. I need someone who is strong enough for both of us.”
“I need to know you’ll be there for me… I need to know you’ll never give up on me. That you’ll never leave me. That you’ll never go away. And I need someone to help me not give up on myself. I want to know that I’m important. That I matter. That I’m loved. Tell me that things will get better. It helps to have someone to talk to… it helps to say something… thank you for listening… thank you for not leaving me alone anymore.”
In this brief guide, we looked at 6 moving Depression monologues. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Depression Monologues
What famous people suffer from depression?
Famous people that suffer from depression are:
· Dwayne Johnson.
· Katy Perry
· Jon Hamm.
· Lady Gaga.
· Michael Phelps
· Kristen Bell
· Billie Eilish
What is the most reliable symptom of depression?
The most reliable symptom of depression is having a hopeless or helpless outlook, as well as feeling worthless and feeling that you don’t deserve anything good.
Feelings of worthlessness may also manifest as self-hate or inappropriate guilt.
Common recurring thoughts of depression are, “It’s all my fault,” or “What’s the point?”
Who is most likely to suffer from depression?
People between the ages of 45 and 65 are most likely to suffer from major depression
“People in middle age are at the top of the bell curve for depression, but the people at each end of the curve, the very young and very old, may be at higher risk for severe depression,” says a leading researcher in the field of depression, Dr. Walch.
What music should I listen to when I’m depressed?
When you are depressed you should listen to more upbeat, happy music as that can improve your mood.
A person recovering from depression says “If I’m feeling depressed I tend to put on happy music like cheesy pop and things to try and cheer myself up almost. Something with a fast tempo to kind of boost my mood.”