Despite feeling totally alone, I wasn't. Quite the opposite:
- 1 in 4 people will have an episode of depression before the age of 24.
-20 Million people in the US and 350 Million globally, have depression.
I am in good company: Mark Twain, Harrison Ford, Winston Churchill, Vincent van Gogh, Dolly Parton and Hundreds of millions more.
When I realized that I was fighting my own Black Dog, I started to think about what helped and what hurt. Fitness was my escape and therapy. It always helped me feel better. Years of research has shown the validity of what I was doing. The chemical and psychological effects of exercise and fitness (confidence, interaction, accomplishment and even sunlight) are essential to gaining the upper hand on depression and taming The Black Dog.
The terrible irony is that getting up for a workout is hardest when you need it the most. The Dog holds you down. It isn't a one-time cure either. "Depressed? Bench Press your way to happiness!!" Nope. Just like you can't expect to run at Olympic speeds only at the Olympics. It takes time and training. You have to get strong and stay strong. Read Heidi Buttery's story. She is an Ironman athlete who trained her Dog how to swim, ride and run.
I want to help you find the confidence and relief that exercise and fitness provide for me... and Heidi and thousands of other people.
In October of 2012, the World Health Organization put out a video called, "I had a black dog, his name was depression." It is a video verson of the 2005 book I Had a Black Dog, by Mathew Johnstone (www.mathewjohnstone.com). The instant I saw this video, I realized that what I had been experiencing for most of my life was Depression.