About 1 in 8 people will suffer from clinical depression during their lifetimes. Being moderately depressed can make it very difficult to manage and lead a team, let alone function as a human being. Depression can manifest itself as uncontrollable anxiety or as various grades of discouragement. Even moderate depression is corrosive and eats away at your core being. The good news is that the issue is well understood and talked about and there are lots of options for treatments. A light dose of meds works for most people – it can take a few tries to find the right one that works for you – and a variety of therapies (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can be helpful.
- Depression – National Institute of Mental Health
- What is Depression? – American Psychiatric Association
- Where the Roots Reach For the Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia – Jeffrey Smith
- Listening to Prozac: The Landmark Book About Antidepressants and the Remaking of the Self – Peter Kramer