Business Insider recently published a great article about the depression epidemic in the startup community. According to the article, only 7% of the general population report suffering from depression, but a whopping 30% of founders report dealing with its effects. That statistic is staggering but entirely believable. Entrepreneurship is a deeply personal journey, and it’s incredibly difficult to separate your individual identity from the business that you’re trying to create. Soon, business setbacks (of which there are many) seem like personal setbacks, and depression can quickly take root.
The key is always to strive to keep things in perspective. Life, like business, is a journey full of ups and downs. When talking to entrepreneurs going through a rough patch, I often encourage them to think back to high school. For most of us, there were moments in our high school lives that seemed to be monumentally important that in retrospect seem childish. At the time, of course, the pain and anxiety that you experienced was real and raw. However, the more distance you gain from the situation, the less painful it becomes. While the problems that you’re facing right here and right now may seem insurmountable, it’s important to realize these too will pass and fade in time.