How Do I Manage Depression?

“I feel like blah.  I am struggling to get up, to take a shower, to brush my teeth.  I don’t want to do anything.  I am managing to go to work, but that’s about it.  I don’t like this feeling, but, then again, I don’t feel like doing anything about it.  I’ve felt like this for a couple of weeks now.  My partner says it’s depression, and that I need to ask for help, so I decided to talk to a dog that I met on the internet, because that’s how I roll.  Hagrid, what do I do?”

Dear Human,

When I read your letter, my initial thought was to tell you to stop going to work.  As a dog, if I don’t want to do something, I don’t do it.  After all, I don’t see any problems with laying around all day…

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But then, my human sidekick reminded me that while that approach may work for most dogs, people who lay around and don’t go to work will get fired.  While I’m not entirely sure what that means, I do know that you won’t be able to afford dog food.  Obviously, we don’t want that to happen.

So, first of all, I’m sorry.  It is tough to be a human struggling with depression, because your life is a little more complex than mine, so you can’t just dump all of the important things in your life and burrow onto your cushy dog bed until it all goes away. Continue reading How Do I Manage Depression?