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Founders Depression

Founders Depression

Update: 2019-08-13
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This week instead of featuring a founder’s story, we are going to focus on part of a story that many founders go through — founder depression. Yes, founders can get depressed, very much so, and yet not too many talk openly about it.



The catalyst for this topic occurred when I read an article, recommended to me by Kate Edwards, Co-Founder of Heartbeat, in which she was cited. The article was about founders’ depression. After I read it and reflecting on the past 32 episodes of this podcast, I recalled numerous founders that would talk about anxiety or significant self-doubt that impacted the way they related to their family members. This article struck a chord because I've been realizing that in our founders’ stories, some may have been battling founder depression, but it wasn't given a name, so it was easy to skirt the issue or just chalk it up to being stressed or overwhelmed.



Some areas of a founder’s journey, like mental health, we may easily feel uncomfortable with and not want to discuss. But all facets of our journeys, especially mental health or founder depression, are so very important to talk about because it’s my belief that we can all learn from each other’s journey. And so this week, I’d like to bring attention to founder depression, what it is, how to spot it, and what you can do about it.



In this episode, you’ll hear:




  • The difference between depression and founders’ depression

  • Why we isolate ourselves and back off from sharing our feelings

  • We are not meant to go through this journey alone

  • Not being afraid to identify founders’ depression if you think that is what you are experiencing

  • The importance of seeing the journey for what it is



Resources from this episode:

Founder's Depression Article: https://www.inc.com/wanda-thibodeaux/1183-words-you-need-to-read-before-starting-your-first-business.html?cid=search

The Startup Story on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestartupstory/






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Founders Depression

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