On Battling Depression

Christina Warren wrote a poignant op-ed for Mashable that really hits home:

There’s an odd paradox with depression and all mental illnesses: It’s one of the few diseases where the patient blames herself and feels like a failure for having to accept help or take medication.

This is especially difficult if you’re highly intelligent and usually able to solve problems and answer questions — as many in the tech community are.

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It’s difficult for anyone to come to terms with the idea that you can’t have complete control over your mind, let alone someone of Aaron’s intellect.

Depression is something that I’ve probably always dealt with all my life, unbeknownst to me. Recently, though, I’ve been going through a very rough time dealing with many things, and I’m just now coming to grips with the reality that I’m a depressive. I’m currently seeing a clinical psychologist, but it likely won’t be long until I find a psychiatrist and end up on meds too.

I really appreciate Christina’s candidness in telling her personal story in her article. It’s smart, beautifully written, and deeply resonating to me under the circumstances. You should read it.

(via Glenn Fleishman)