Understanding the black dog This is the book I read after I realised I had suffered from depression all my life after speaking to a councillor and being so disillusioned and vulnerable I had been unable to deal with my depression and had developed coping mechanisms to try and help me cope and I just accepted that was the way I was and as I hadn’t experienced normal life I had nothing to compare it to. After taking the antidepressants and getting the dose right I came back to life I felt alive the dark cloud had finally disappeared from over my head my eyes became alive and bright and had so much energy for life, I wanted to do so many things I had been unable to do due to the anxiety that was holding me back from living my life I don’t want anyone to have to suffer this disease once you realise you have it deal with it take whatever drugs you are offered and find out what the route cause was this is your trigger which you have to learn to cope with. This book explains how your brain works and how it makes us react the way we do and how misunderstood you become to other people.
When I got married I thought it was forever but life throws lots of different hurdles and it doesn’t always happen. After a hard time trying to cope with being a single mum with 2 young children after counselling and taking anti depressants I am finally coming back to life. I have rediscovered the person I’ve always dreamed of being, I spent my whole life looking for this person who was locked away by depression. Depression is such a misunderstood illness. The basics are that it is something some of us are born with and can be hereditary. Explained it is basically I don’t produce enough seratonin this is the harmone which makes you happy fell energetic and motivated, able to cope with whatever life throws at you, gIves you confidence and self worth. That’s why doctors recommend exercise as when we exercise our bodies produces the harmone serotonin and that is why I was so obsessed with exercise and felt unable to cope with whatever I had to deal with that day. Much like a diabetic who doesn’t produce enough insulin someone with depression doesnt produce enough seratonin and antidepressants in the right dose balances your harmoes and as your whole physical, mental and emotional health is controlled by our hormones that is why it is such a serious illness and it can cause other illnesses to develop such as eating disorders, heart problems and fertility problems. Depression is often missed as it is hard to diagnose and only when it develops into one of the above illnesses is treatment issued but it never deals with the underlying illness of depression.