Last month I wrote about depression and my career and stated quite firmly that it would be a cold day in hell before I would openly discuss my depression with my employer. Well folks, hell froze over.
I recently had a friendly conversation with my supervisor about my health challenges. In that moment, quite naturally, I found myself speaking honestly and openly about my depression with him. He was more understanding than I ever could have imagined.
In this situation, considering the setting and the people involved, it was right for me to be open. I feel lucky to have this situation right now. This is especially so when I consider the professional ramifications of public knowledge of his depression for the late Sen. Thomas Eagleton, whose recent death reminds us there was a time not so long ago (1972) when having depression and treating it was reason enough to disqualify one from public service.
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