Kent – Depression and living in the time of not enoughness

Throughout his career, Kent always tried to help people understand the “why” for their work. That desire lead him to be a recruiter and then an HR leader. It was while leading an HR team that the competing demands of “the system” of work and his own “why” came into conflict. Frozen by the side of the road on his way to work, Kent found himself at the edge of oblivion.  He reinvented himself as an Agent of Evolutionary Change. Now he works with individuals, leaders and organizations, helping them navigate the increasing speed and complexity of modern work through continued personal and professional development. And, while the depression hasn’t left him, he’s learned how to manage depression at work by treating every moment of joy or sadness as a workout. That workout is helping him build the muscle that keeps depression at bay.

Links

-WHO Report “Depression Is The Leading Cause of Disability” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2618635

-David White – The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6052036-the-three-marriages

-Deloitte 2018 Human Capital Report – The Symphonic C-suite https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/focus/human-capital-trends/2018/senior-leadership-c-suite-collaboration.html

-Lenny Kravitz song Dream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwqqD1x90eY


Getting OK With Being Good Enough, Richard’s journey with ADD and Depression

Richard is a Program Manager living with ADD and depression.  In this episode, Richard walks us through half a lifetime with undiagnosed ADD at work.  His journey to diagnosis starts out as the smart kid who could finish his homework in five minutes and ends as an adult taking on too much responsibility to get the rush of feeling valued.  After “acing” the lab test for ADD, Richard is on a different journey. The journey to getting OK with being good enough.

Link: Article about ADHD – https://gekk.info/articles/adhd.html

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ and to help others find the Silent Superheroes podcast please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting service.

Feeling sad or feeling nothing, Jared’s journey with ADHD & Depression

Jared is a Systems Engineer working in the technology sector. In this episode of Silent Superheroes, we learn that depression distorts Jared’s visual perception of the world and how ADHD is a problem of time management not attention. Jared’s long inventory of medication leads to a discussion of side effects and the complexity of self-monitoring. We discuss how Jared’s interrupt-driven job dictates his priorities and helps him manage ADHD at work, and how keeping busy distracts him from depression. But with systems engineering comes night shifts, and being disconnected from people let his darker thoughts and depression creep in.

Getting Help

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide listeners should visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ for local mental health resources.

Travel and Talking About It, Will’s journey with anxiety and depression

Will is an award winning, independent video producer living with anxiety and depression.  In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Will talks about the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed, and the pressures of the work environment that drove him to go out on his own. He shares how anxiety distorts his ability to be confident in his work.  We discuss the importance of finding the right therapist and by looking through Will’s eyes I see business travel in a new light.

Links

The theory of optimum stress (article) : https://hbr.org/2016/04/are-you-too-stressed-to-be-productive-or-not-stressed-enough

Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett (book) : https://www.amazon.com/Idiot-Brain-What-Your-Really/dp/0393253783

Getting Help

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ and to help others find the Silent Superheroes podcast please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting service.

Heartbreak to Hope, Alok’s Journey With Double Depression

Alok lives with double depression while having a career in Software Quality Assurance.  In this episode of Silent Superheroes, Alok talks about the simple middle school heartbreak that introduced him to depression and his long journey with therapy and medication.  We discuss the mundane nature of suicidal ideation and the perceived difference between physical and mental health.  Alok successfully manages his mental health at work and offers words of cautious hope to those just starting their journey with depression.

Alok is the host of the Race Invaders podcast, an ongoing dialogue about race, politics, and the search for a universal response to oppression.

Links

Getting Support

Take your mental health seriously. If you need to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255, or text crisistextline.org on 741741. Both provide 24×7 confidential counseling to people in the United States. Worldwide visit http://iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/ and to help others find the Silent Superheroes podcast please leave us a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting service.