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SABBATICAL STATE OF MIND

Depression and Identity: Are we missing the point?

June 8, 2018

 

I began blog early in the week. But now with two celebrity suicides in one week, I believe the discussion is too important to fall prey to procrastination. 

Think about those times you have struggled with your own identity and how it impacted you. I know from my own experiece I felt down. I cannot imagine what those times would have been like had I also been struggling with illnesses like depression or anxiety. 

Identity is a global phenomenon that we have been exporting; and, those identities cover the gambit.  Specifically, celebrity is an identity that is a double edged sword. it appears limitless but is often constraining in the same measure.

Another identity that many of us live into is spoken in our refrain of “I just want to be normal.”

Most of us can relate to the suffering that comes from gaining an identity and then moving on from it. The transition is often messy and painful. Especially, if our goal is to be free of identities altogether.

What I notice is we have no idea how to lose or evolve our identity in this global culture.

And, it’s killing us.

 

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A visionary technologist by day, Delia is also a published author and public speaker, often focusing on topics of project management, research practices, user experience and diversity in the workplace. Involved in the community and external business world, Delia co-founded Designing Me, an organization that steers professional women into executive and leadership positions. Her Got Strategy workshop assists junior and mid-level professionals in setting and executing a career strategy.