- Mar 2016
He only ever used the phrase "black dog" once, and I believe it was at the - in his own words - lowest point in his life, after being fired from the Admiralty in 1915 and being out of government. Anyone would feel depressed in these circumstances. It is not indicative of life-long feelings of depression. He had a lot of huge highs and massive lows in his career, but was remarkably resilient and always bounced back. He never indulged in self-pity or misery, he was always seeking to improve his situation. It is wildly inaccurate to say he had bipolar or depression of some sort. The evidence against such a claim is overwhelming, and the evidence in support extremely minimal. Armchair psychologists diagnosing historical figures from decades or centuries ago is something I particularly dislike.He most likely, did.
He called his depressive episodes his "black dog".