Winston Churchill famously compared depression to a black dog. Here’s a video that takes that metaphor and runs with it.
Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, says, “Depression minutes are like dog years, based on some artificial notion of time.” He goes on to describe how the simple act of getting out of bed and taking a shower can consume hours, leave you exhausted, or be simply impossible without help.
There’s even a Black Dog Institute in Australia, which is a non-profit organization that provides information about depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, and other topics.
There are other metaphors. J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, talked about depression and dementors. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about that.
The black dog is with me now.