When others seem to be enjoying life, the black dog stands in the way for a lot of people. If you're wondering WTF I'm talking about, watch the video. And if you recognize any of this, maybe it's time to think about taking some steps to look after yourself.
Update: I love black dogs. Black dogs are the best. I had a black dog growing up called Penny and she was the best dog ever. In fact, I am totally obsessed with dogs — so much so that I have to stop and pet them every time I see one regardless of whether the owner wants me to or not. So to those who are troubled by the use of a black dog as a metaphor for depression, please know it is not an attack on black dogs in real life. I encourage you to go and support ASPCA and maybe go and adopt a pet dog at Pet Finder and please know that we love black dogs at Upworthy.
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ORIGINAL: By the World Health Organization.
Published on Oct 2, 2012
At its worst, 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. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the "black dog of depression". More information on the book can be found here: http://matthewjohnstone.com.au/