Smell my depression

9 Jul 2020

My friend used to say she could smell when a depression was coming. It was not because she had not showered for a while, it was a certain smell that she found hard to describe and a sour taste in her mouth.

I once met a woman whose husband suffered from depression. She explained she knew he was in a depressive mood prior to it happening because she could smell it and she recognised when it was over because the smell was no longer around.


I have not experienced this, but I have read about others who could smell their depression.


Dogs I have heard can smell depression in their owners.

Many people believe their dogs can sense depression and may try to cheer up their owner. Dogs use their well know powerful sense of smell to take in their surroundings.

Dogs can smell when we sweat more and respond accordingly. The dog may put their paw on you to comfort you. Some dogs may even cuddle their owner more and lean into you to show they support you.

I was thinking are they smelling depression or noticing you may not be as active?


I was wondering what the Moodscope community felt about smelling depression by humans and dogs.

I am really interested in your thoughts and examples with yourself, your friends, and your dogs.


So, can you or your dog or another pet smell depression? What does it smell like?


A Moodscope member.

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