I had a black dog, his name was depression… (video)

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There are millions of people around the world who live with depression. Many of them and their families are afraid to talk about their problems, and don’t know where to turn for help. However, depression can be treated. Recognizing the illness and looking for help is the first step towards recovery.

The films “I had a black dog, his name was depression,” and its follow-up “Living with a black dog” offer practical advice for living with and overcoming depression. They are addressed at partners, caregivers and sufferers of depression.

Both videos were produced by writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone in collaboration with WHO, and were based on books of the same name.


  • appearance – the time when something starts to exist or becomes available – pojawienie się, ukazanie się
  • to seem – to appear to be a particular thing or to have a particular quality – wydawać się
  • to cease – to stop – przerwać, przestawać
  • to chew sth up – if a machine chews up something that you have put inside it, it damages or destroys it – wciągnąć, zjeść (np kopiarka wciągnęła papier, automat zjadł kartę)
  • ability – the physical or mental skill or qualities that you need to do something – umiejętność, zdolność
  • to require – to need or demand something – wymagać
  • to sniff sth out – to search for and discover something – odkrywać coś
  • confidence – a feeling of being certain of your ability to do things well – pewność siebie
  • to chase sb/sth away/off/out – to run after a person or animal to make them leave a place – odpędzać, odganiać kogoś/coś
  • stigma – if there is a stigma attached to something, people disapprove of it, especially when this is unfair – piętno
  • vast – extremely big – olbrzymi
  • repetitive – doing or saying the same thing several times, especially in a way that is boring – powtarzający się, monotonny
  • exhausted – very tired – wyczerpany
  • to feel down – to feel sad – być zdołowanym
  • to feel blue – to feel sad – czuć się zmutnym
  • devoid – completely without a quality – pozbawiony czegoś
  • altogether – completely – zupełnie
  • to hang around with sb – to spend time with someone – zadawać się z kimś, spędzać z kimś czas
  • eventually – in the end, especially after a long time – w końcu, ostatecznie
  • to hijack – to take control of an aircraft during a journey, especially using violence – porwać, uprowadzić
  • joy – a feeling of great happiness – radość
  • towards – used when talking about feelings about something or someone – (w stosunku ) do, dla
  • turning point – a time when an important change begins to happen – punkt zwrotny
  • to affect – to cause a strong emotion, especially sadness – poryszać, wzruszać
  • mongrel – a dog that is a mix of different breeds – kundel
  • silver bullet – a simple solution to a complicated problem – proste rozwiązanie problemu
  • approach – a way of doing something – podejście
  • genuine – if something is genuine, it is really what it seems to be – prawdziwy
  • bark – the sound that a dog makes – szczekanie
  • moderate – average in size or amount and not too much – umiarkowany
  • treat – to give medical care to someone for an illness or injury – leczyć
  • mild – calm and gentle – łagodny
  • mutt – a dog that is a mixture of different breeds ( = types) – kundel
  • mood – the way someone feels at a particular time – nastrój
  • cathartic – a cathartic experience or event helps you to express and get rid of strong emotions – oczyszczający
  • insight – the ability to understand what something is really like, or an example of this – zrozumienie, wgląd
  • to re-evaluate – to consider or examine something again in order to make changes or to form a new opinion about it – przewartościować
  • to embrace – to accept new ideas, beliefs, methods, etc in an enthusiastic way – przyjmować, akceptować
  • patience – the quality of being able to stay calm and not get angry, especially when something takes a long time – cierpliwość
  • heel – the back part of your foot – pięta
  • shame – a feeling of being embarrassed and guilty about something bad that you have done – wstyd
  • miss out – to not do or have something that you would enjoy or something that other people do or have – być pokrzywdzonym, stracić coś

Source: youtube.com & WHO

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