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The Black Dog

“Depression hurts. It’s the black dog of the night that robs you of joy, the unquiet mind that keeps you awake. It’s a noonday demon that only you can see, the darkness visible only to you.”

“I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.” – Winston Churchill

“It was the victim-sickness. Adrenalin howling in my head,
the black dog was my brain. Come to drown me in my breath
was enery’s blakc hole, depression, compere of the predawn show
when, returned from a pee, you stew and welter in your death”
-Les Murray

“black dog – depression or sullen mood – an expression extremely old
origins; the cliché was made famous in recent times by Britain’s WWII
leader Sir Winston Churchill referring to his own depressions. The
1800’s version of the expression was ‘a black dog has walked over
him/me’ to describe being in a state of mental depression (Brewer
1870), which dates back to the myth described by Horace (Roman poet
and satirist, aka Quintus Horatius Flaccus, 65-8 BC) in which the
sight of a black dog with pups was an unlucky omen. Contributing also
to the meaning of the cliché, black dogs have have for centuries been
fiendish and threatening symbols in the superstitions and folklore of
various cultures.”

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