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“I was lis­ten­ing to John Moe and Ana Marie Cox talk about de­pres­sion on the pod­cast The Hi­lar­i­ous World of De­pres­sion and re­al­ized my reg­u­lar thoughts of sui­cide weren’t nor­mal. I got sh*t-faced and called my brother and bawled for two hours. Sched­uled with a ther­a­pist the next day.”


“I was raised to bot­tle it up and not talk about stuff. In grad school I was an­gry and drink­ing hard and had a strained re­la­tion­ship with fam­ily. One day my friend Ni­cole put a list of five ther­a­pists’ phone num­bers in my hand and said, ‘I’m not go­ing to leave you alone un­til you are talk­ing to some­one.’ Some­times you need a friend to get tough on you. Had she handed me the note like, ‘Can you please . . .’ I might not have done it. But she was like, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m go­ing to come af­ter you.’ ”


“Af­ter an in­cred­i­bly rough de­ploy­ment to Afghanistan, one of my sol­diers got out of the Army and was hav­ing a hard time ad­just­ing to civil­ian life. Mean­while, I was strug­gling with that de­ploy­ment too. Talk­ing on the phone, I sug­gested he seek ther­apy through Vet­er­ans Af­fairs. My wife—a so­cial worker her­self—asked me how I could tell him to do some­thing that I wasn’t will­ing to do my­self. She was right, ob­vi­ously. I got help, and it prob­a­bly saved my mar­riage and my ca­reer.”

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