Black Dog Depression

Black Dog Depression

 

 

 

Black Dog Depression metaphor

‘Black dog’ is a powerfully expressive metaphor that appears to require no explanation. The combination of ‘blackness’ with the negative connotations of ‘dog’, noun and verb, seems an eminently apt description of depression: an ever-present companion, lurking in the shadows just out of sight, growling, vaguely menacing, always on the alert; sinister and unpredictable, capable of overwhelming you at any moment. Further, the ‘dark hound’ is an archetypal object of fear, with a long tradition in folklore and myth. Black dogs in dreams are interpreted negatively, often representing death; from all over the world come tales of nightmares caused by oppressive black dogs crushing the sleeper’s chest. -Black Dog Institute

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Author: Steve Monahan

Steven Monahan is a best-selling author and the Founder and Chairman of  GPA Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. Steve presents at school education programs and adult seminars. He shares his insights, expertise, and passion on the human-animal bond; including, pet nutrition, pet care, animal welfare and Black Dog Syndrome. Steve has been honored by the State of Georgia for his dedication to families and pets. He can be reached at Steve@GreenPetsAmerica.org