Hello and welcome to my website.
Like my book, I Had a Black Dog, I want to try and keep this site simple, informative and up to date.
Because of the illustrative nature of the book, words were modest, so hopefully I can elaborate a little more here than I did in the book.
It’s very important to state that I am not a psychologist or a specialist in the field, this website is dedicated to what I’ve experienced, learnt and what has worked for me in dealing with depression over the last 20 years. Although I am a million light years away from where I have been, I still have to remain vigilant about the Black Dog as he likes to pop in every once and a while.
When humans experience pain, be it emotional or physical, we tend to avoid it at all costs. We will go over it, under it, around it and away from it but rarely do we go through it. One of the simplest tools I’ve learnt is acceptance; acceptance is the one thing that deprives the Black Dog of his power.
If Black Dog chooses to make an appearance I no longer take flight or burn huge reserves of energy trying to conceal it. I accept the Black Dog is there, I batten down the hatches, I try to unload some responsibilities and live in the knowledge that it will pass because it always does.
It’s also important to be proactive in taking appropriate steps to lessen the impact like, exercise, eating correctly and getting rest.
There’s no simple answer, everyone’s path in dealing with a Black Dog is different but it is imperative to find a solid support base, from family, close friends, your doctor and even a support group. Educate yourself because knowledge is power.
Like all bad dogs a Black Dog needs discipline, patience understanding to bring him into line. Never, ever give up.