Talking openly about mental health issues is difficult in any context. Thankfully, there's a quiet chorus rising in and around the startup community about the realities of startup life. Major thanks to these individuals for helping us learn how to better take care ourselves and others. 

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"First and foremost, a start-up puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip rapidly from day-to-day--one where you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again. Over and over and over. And I’m talking about what happens to stable entrepreneurs. There is so much uncertainty and so much risk around practically everything you are doing. The level of stress that you’re under generally will magnify things [...]Incredible highs and unbelievable lows at whiplash speed and huge magnitude. Sound like fun?"

-- Marc Andreessen, from "Why not to do a start-up (Part 1)" 
(Co-Founder, Netscape; General Partner + Co-Founder, Andreessen Horowitz)


"If you saw the list of names, it would surprise you a great deal. They are very successful people, very visible, very charismatic--yet they've struggled with this silently. There's a sense that they can't talk about it, that it's a weakness or a shame or something. They feel like they're hiding, which makes the whole thing worse." 

-- Brad Feld, from "The psychological price of entrepeneurship" in Inc. Magazine describing those in the startup community who contacted him after he spoke openly about his own depression. 
(Managing Director, Foundry Group)