the black dog


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the black dog

A euphemism for clinical depression. I'd been doing well to keep the black dog at bay, but the death of my mother sent me down a pretty deep spiral.
See also: black, dog

the black dog

a metaphorical representation of melancholy or depression. informal
See also: black, dog
References in classic literature ?
The black dog came through the trees to get a better look at him and coughed that well-bred cough again.
But if it had not been for the black dog, he would have gone back.
When he was out of sight of the house and the black dog, he went into the woods on the other side of the way and emerged after an interval trimming a very tolerable cudgel with his pocket-knife.
Mental health trainer Andy Caress hopes to help people suffering from depression with Beat the Black Dog.
The venue, formerly Yankee Lounge and the Black Dog Bar, is undergoing a major refit according to its general manager Al Massie.
Throughout the ordeal, the black dog continuously howled in agony as it bled profusely on the pavement, shocking witnesses.
According to the Black Dog Institutes research, this integrated systems approach has the potential to prevent around 21 percent of suicide deaths, and 30 percent of suicide attempts.
Two handy color guides are the 36-page General Finishes Milk Paint Fan Deck and the Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint Color Recipes (available for download as a free PDF on Woodcraft.com).
My bosses did that for me 13 years ago and, while the black dog has nipped my heels once or twice since, I now know I can get help fighting it off.
A spokesman for Warwickshire Police said: "As the victim bent down to pick up her dogs, the black dog has bitten her finger, causing a deep cut that required stitches.
The black dog was leader of a pack that scavenged on the bodies of fallen fighters in the hills and acquired such a taste for human blood that they began attacking villagers.
Philip Whiteman, dubbed the Black Dog Strangler, died as a result of an insulin overdose three weeks after being found unresponsive in his cell at HMP Frankland in November 2014.
'The Black Dog' has been used as a metaphor for depression for centuries and the 2015 World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.
Depression: Understanding the Black Dog comes from an author who has suffered from major depression all of her life, and has learned to work with it.
According to Granny, the Black Dog of Depression has hold of their Uncle Ben and has stolen Dublin's funny bone!