The Black Dog
One of the frequent themes in the works of prose and poetry in this site is Depression. “The Black Dog” is a phrase used to refer to depression that was made popular in the writing of Winston Churchill. It can be difficult to understand major depression unless you have experienced it and even then it is difficult to understand.
Perhaps sharing some of the emotions felt while depressed and relating to people who are depressed might help with this understanding? It is hard to tell, but worth doing.
Many suffer depression without knowing it because it can have many faces. A person need not be sad to be depressed. A person is not weak because they are depressed. They also can not just “cheer up” though the act of trying “might” make being depressed a bit more bearable… or it might just be irritating.
Depression is just so very… variable. (dwp)