Several years ago, I had thought that OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) was like a personality trait that made people neat, tidy, and perfectionistic. Little did I know that I had given in to one of the most prevalent misconceptions in the world of mental health and illness.
This is not a guilt trip. Pile the presents to the sky, by all means. But let this column be an additional seasonal reminder that generosity is a trait that nearly all of us share and hope to imprint on the children and teenagers in our orbit. So if you’re so inclined, commit yourself to doing at least one thing before the end of the year to bring the gift of giving to young people.
True wellness starts in the mind. These go-getters recognize that happiness is a need, not a luxury, and believe that feeling confident and calm shouldn’t be reserved for people who can afford a pricey therapist. Of course, providing mental health care to the masses isn’t easy, but that’s exactly why these guys are on our list.
“I disclosed my depression to a small number of my closest friends—but never formally told my managers. It never quite felt right simply to approach them and say ‘I have depression.’ That’s partly because, in the absence of an immediate crisis, there’s no forum for such a conversation.”