I ran across a pretty powerful post by Jim C. Hines yesterday discussing his recent struggles with depression and thought I’d share it here.
Having witnessed the effects of depression first-hand I can say that one of the hardest steps sometimes is admitting that you need help and getting it. It’s never easy to think that you need a medicine to control your moods. Or that you need therapy to handle your issues.
Left untreated depression can be devastating. It can steal your life. And if it doesn’t do that it can still destroy your friendships, your family, and your job. And it can take months or years of your life from you.
So, once again, I encourage anyone who’s struggling with depression to get help. Screw what people might think. Screw what you think it might say about you. Screw how it could impact your livelihood (pilots. etc.) Just get the help you need.