I Have a Black Dog His Name Is Depression
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. When you have chronic, or major depression, normal live disappears.
Watch this short video written and illustrated by Matthew Johnstone, in collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day. In this film, Matthew talks about overcoming the “black dog of depression”.
Published on Oct 2, 2012
I Have a Black Dog His Name Is Depression
Depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.
MY Personal Experience – My Black Dog Named Depression
I share this with you today because I suffer from major, chronic depression, and have had to deal with this my whole life. A lot of people do not understand this, nor do they understand that I can’t just “snap out of it.” Even on good days, it is still always there, simmering below the surface. People say happiness is a decision, and I understand that … I even agree with it. But I also have to say, “I wish it were that easy for me.” I envy those who can be happy simply because they have decided to be happy. Oh, to experience the pleasure of that …
I was diagnosed with Major depressive disorder, or major depression, almost 20 years ago. This type of depression is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. Some people may experience only a single episode within their lifetime, but more often a person may have multiple episodes.
Now, I don’t go around moping around day in and day out. I don’t walk around hating the world. In fact, if you didn’t know the truth of it, you wouldn’t even know that I suffer. But I do take medication and probably will for the rest of my life. If I don’t? My problems get much more serious, in a VERY fast and scary downward spiral. It’s not all in my head. It’s not because “something happened.” It is a physical disorder that can be measured, and it is genetic. Just ask my siblings.
My Black Dog Has Reared its Ugly Head Today
I said earlier that I am writing this today because I suffer from this disease, but what I should have said is that I am writing this today because I cannot find anything else that even vaguely interests me to write about. There is no funny video, no laughing baby, no cute puppies … no loving story, no interesting tidbit of information that can move me out of my doldrums today.
In other words, I’m having a bad day. It happens. All I can do at this point is wait it out. Tomorrow should be a better day. 😉
I asked for suggestions on Facebook on what I should write about, and a friend suggested I write about how I feel. Perfect. Especially considering he didn’t know how I was feeling. So here I am, writing about my black dog.
At this point in my writing, I’m asking myself if I should go on, if I should keep describing what it is like to have a depressive disorder. Maybe you don’t want to hear it. Maybe you do. Every now and then I run into someone that needs to hear, for whatever reasons of their own.
You tell me, please, in your comments below.
For more information about Depression check out National Institute of Mental Health
To get help, go to WebMD, Depression Help Center
I hope you have learned something from “I Have a Black Dog His Name is Depression“
MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY: Your thoughts? Can you relate?
You might also like to read, How Nervous Illness Can Bring About Other Diseases, Anxiety, Depression
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