Depression and heroes

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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Congrats to Marcus Trescothick (above) – one of the finest cricketers of his generation – for his book, which details his own struggles with the depression that ended his international career. The book has just won a major prize.

Depression is a very common condition but ubiquity doesn't make it any easier to live with. Part of its impact is a debilitating social dysfunction: undermining our social selves.

If, like me, you've struggled with it, it's great to see someone you admire be so honest about their experience in this way.

While high achievers are prone to depression, the rest of us are, too. Some estimates suggest up to 15% of us at any one time, but it's hard to spot in those around you. But you cannot hide it from yourself.