Essay about Black Dog

Submitted By Paris-Robbo
Words: 760
Pages: 4

Depression is a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health. Depression can affect a person’s day to day life dramatically.

Physical effects of depression can include weight loss/weight gain, look and feel older, fatigue, insomnia/over sleeping, thoughts of self-harm and nausea. The man from the video “I had a black dog and his name was depression” explains how depression makes him look and feel older than he actually is. This will affect his everyday life due to the fact that he is no longer feeling young and healthy, instead he is feeling old and weighed down. This will affect how he socialises, how well he performs at work/school, and changes his everyday life completely. Studies have shown that people with depression are often subjected to early wrinkles due to the stress and anxiety they feel.

Depression often ruins your appetite meaning people often pretty much stop eating or stop caring what they eat whether it tastes good. The video says that the black dog messed with his appetite and this affects someone’s everyday life because they won’t feel like eating, causing weight loss and in extreme cases can lead to anorexia. They won’t want to go out with their friends or family for lunch or dinner and isolate themselves in their home so they don’t have to be around other people eating. Lack of food and nutrients can also make someone feel fatigue and worn down. On the flip side depression can cause overeating due to someone eating all the time because they are bored and hope that food will somehow satisfy the vacant feeling they have. This leads to either weight gain or weight loss, which affects how people feel about themselves and they can become very self-conscious about their body.

Having depression will affect their everyday life in many ways but one of the main ways it affects someone is the constant feeling of fatigue. Imagine trying to get through the day when you are constantly feeling sad and overly exhausted. The man from the video explained that to get through the day with the black dog he had to use super human strength. Feelings of fatigue are often caused because of insomnia. People with depression often wake in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep and then want to sleep all day to escape life. This impacts the daily routine of someone’s life and because they are constantly tired their work ethic drops, they don’t want to see other people, they won’t clean their houses and they lose pride in how they look and their appearance.

Overall depression can ruin someone’s life and their everyday routine because of how the black dog affects their physical wellbeing. Depression can normally be easily treated with the help of family, friends or doctors. All though depression is relatively easy to cure many people are too afraid to ask for help because of the stigma of having a mental illness. The