Thursday, 5 November 2015

Three and a half days later and The Black Dawg

So, after my post on Sunday declaring that I would blog daily on this issue which has taken over my life recently (again) here we are on Thursday with no sign of a further post since the declaration.

Under the guise of "positivity", I will not refer further to this lack of achievement on my part, this week. It is after all a symptom of the condition I find myself in. It is also a symptom, which easily becomes a norm, to castigate oneself for every action and inaction that plants itself in the mind. This is neither healthy nor helpful, though almost inevitable, unfortunately.

Further positive thinking which my brain is allowing me to verbalise, is that the medication that I was prescribed a week ago has clearly had a major impact on me and the desired and hoped for effect is obvious - to my family and to me.
Being made to feel "useful" by picking up my grandchildren from school and helping with a bedroom blitz at my daughter's house has also been productive in the psychological sense as well as the physical. A day out shopping with lunch and a long walk with the dogs accompanied by a very supportive and empathetic person (you know who you are ) have all added to the better feelings I have now. Not exactly all at peace with my world, but definately a massive improvement on last week when nothing could be done at all because of the crying. I have even considered wearing again the mascara that was in no way whatsoever waterproof.
Of course we need to keep occupied but I am convinced that my mind needed a rest, which is what a combination of medication and "people support" is doing for me.

As I continue to take the medication and improve, readers might like to read this post written by Louis Mcintosh, for  Huffington Post   "What they don't tell you about depression".  Louis is the writer and Kathryn Hockey the illustrator on a project called 'The Black Dawg' which is an illustrated poem about depression.

Useful and informative - try the mental health charity website here Mind ,

7 comments:

Jane Alicia Cooney said...

Take it easy and go at your own pace, theres no rush, its your life

Jane Alicia Cooney said...

btw this is my girlfriends computer but its Louis (Black Dawg) so take it easy take it slow

Ghassan Ola said...


You are doing well . keep it up xxx

Brenda Gunning said...

Thanks Louis. Comments appreciated

Brenda Gunning said...

Thanks Louis. Comments appreciated

Brenda Gunning said...

Thanks Louis.Comment appreciated

Louis McIntosh said...

Hi Brenda hope you are well and maybe this might be of interest to you as we have finished the Black Dawg book and moving forward to publish it see what you think of the journey so far https://www.google.es/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi9t9DQ4ePLAhXD0RQKHcfRCsQQFgglMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fkathrynhockey.com%2Fthe-black-dawg%2F&usg=AFQjCNE0WF27rAk7eXjFcE-wphQf1XUFBA&sig2=ghB1TmhMyznXX4uR-y_cyA&bvm=bv.117868183,d.bGg
btw you can reach me on djlouismac@hotmail.com