Most people are not aware of what depression really is. They think it’s just about being sad and moody all the time, but in reality, it’s a silent illness that no one talks about.

Depression is a serious issue that a lot of people are experiencing and it’s possible that you know someone who is undergoing this kind of suffering. The best thing to do if you have a friend who is depressed, is to understand their situation and don’t blame them for being overly-dramatic.

Some think that people who are depressed are temperamental, attention-seeking human-beings that need to “get a grip” when their mood starts to act up, but that’s not easy to do especially when they have no utter control of what they’re feeling.

With Depression Awareness Week underway, Blurt, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of depression, launched a campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #WhatYouDontSee to inform others what it really feels like to have depression. Here are a few of them:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> is how painful it is when people dismiss your problems or aren&#39;t respectful of your feelings <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DAW2016?src=hash">#DAW2016</a></p>&mdash; â­ï¿½â­ï¿½ï¸ï¿½ Kellyâ­ï¿½ï¸ï¿½â­ï¿½ï¸ï¿½ (@Anotherkellylou) <a href="https://twitter.com/Anotherkellylou/status/722167963655213060">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">people don&#39;t &#39;look&#39; depressed because it&#39;s a freaking mental illness, not a facial expression <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/depressionawarenessweek?src=hash">#depressionawarenessweek</a></p>&mdash; +Chloe Whyte+ (@Chloe_Whyte) <a href="https://twitter.com/Chloe_Whyte/status/722165794201804802">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> is the terror that someone might notice something is wrong, and the pain when no one does.</p>&mdash; Ben (@BenTheEpicure) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenTheEpicure/status/722059265398153217">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> me scrolling through this tag and crying from the relief that there are people out there who get it</p>&mdash; shit face (@pipsuxx) <a href="https://twitter.com/pipsuxx/status/722050779704647680">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> are those days when I get home and just go straight to bed, because I&#39;ve looked &quot;fine&quot; for hours and have nothing left in me</p>&mdash; Laura Wright (@hippocastanum) <a href="https://twitter.com/hippocastanum/status/722048466176843776">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yes, some days we can&#39;t get out of bed. Even if we slept 12hrs we&#39;re still exhausted. But we&#39;re not lazy, we&#39;re depressed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a></p>&mdash; Vi&#39; (@viephemere) <a href="https://twitter.com/viephemere/status/722015285058924544">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatyoudontsee?src=hash">#whatyoudontsee</a> That depression massively slows my thinking down meaning it&#39;s really hard to follow a conversation</p>&mdash; Rachel (@OpenMindMH) <a href="https://twitter.com/OpenMindMH/status/721969594731249665">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/BlurtAlerts">@BlurtAlerts</a> The simultaneous dread in the pit of your stomach, and overwhelming emptiness you feel/don&#39;t feel. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatyoudontsee?src=hash">#whatyoudontsee</a></p>&mdash; D (@TheIcarusII) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheIcarusII/status/721799455012483073">April 17, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatyousee?src=hash">#whatyousee</a> is someone who has their shit together on the outside <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatyoudontsee?src=hash">#whatyoudontsee</a> is someone who doesn&#39;t even know who they really are.</p>&mdash; Melissa Sue (@IWantMoreLife) <a href="https://twitter.com/IWantMoreLife/status/722976291075448833">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The guilt and shame of feeling so empty and unhappy when you should be able to smile. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/depressionawarenessweek?src=hash">#depressionawarenessweek</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatyoudontsee?src=hash">#whatyoudontsee</a></p>&mdash; Victoria (@VictoriaLWhyte) <a href="https://twitter.com/VictoriaLWhyte/status/722973419004940288">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a> is the complete numbness i feel whilst doing something i once found so much joy in</p>&mdash; Izzy Grace (@FalseIzzy) <a href="https://twitter.com/FalseIzzy/status/722972243224047616">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Crying almost every night while remaining silent because your family might hear you. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhatYouDontSee?src=hash">#WhatYouDontSee</a></p>&mdash; jimwell (@johnjimwell) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnjimwell/status/722971468682776576">April 21, 2016</a></blockquote>

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