Also commonly known as depression or the Black Dog. To me, it’s the black onion.
Wikipedia describes depression as: Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable; experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present.
My hubby’s always (since being a boy), been the one to lean towards the dark, to fight against the Black Dog. So, in a way I’ve been living with depression for 20 years.
I’ve always seen myself as leaning towards the light more than to the darkness. Quick to laugh or giggle, happy in sunshine, always ready to meet friends for coffee, that kind of thing. I’ve always been a hard worker, even working weekends was no great issue.
Nowadays, I’m not.
Where it”s the Black Dog for others, it’s the Black Onion for me.
It’s uncharted waters. And it’s scary.