Even though times of psychological difficulties can be identified, for those of us who haven’t been through an illness of a psychological nature, we find it hard to understand the troubles of someone experiencing the same. Most times, we use the tried and tested rules to tell our friend, family member, or anyone we know to “snap out of it” or “stop wallowing in misery”.
However, depression has many layers. We love these videos by WHO which metaphorically describes depression as the “black dog” which needs to be treated like a real dog –
“it needs to be embraced, understood, taught new tricks, and ultimately brought to heel”
Both these videos (“I had a black dog” for those experiencing Depression and “Living with a black dog” for those caring for an individual with depressive symptoms) highlight a common important point: Depression can be dealt with effectively.
Watch the video on experiences of Depression here:
“I had a black dog”
Watch the video on caring for an individual experiencing Depression:
“Living with a Black Dog”