Let’s Talk About Depression: Help Is Out There!

Nancy Hufnagel
July-August 2017 • Vol 3, No 93

Doug Leddon shares, “Over the past ten years, I have been living two different lives— the life that my family, friends, colleagues and teammates see; then there is the life that I see, I live, and I feel. If you asked my family and friends what they thought about me, they would probably tell you I am a happy-go-lucky, hardworking, and confident guy. But all that is a bit of a lie. You see, I am living a completely different life inside— that of someone who suffers immensely from depression.

It is so hard for me to talk about my depression, but it’s not just me; it’s hard for millions of other people to talk about it, too. What we fear the most isn’t the dark place that we are in, or the dark times we are going to go through… What we actually fear the most is that our friends won’t understand and that we may lose them, that our family won’t understand what we’re going through, that our colleagues will look at us differently, or that we may lose our jobs.”

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