I am a developer at Table XI, and I have Type II Bipolar and ADHD. It's not something we talk about much, but mental illness runs rampant in the developer community. Over the last year, many of us have lost coworkers and friends to untreated conditions, and every day our peers suffer, thinking that they are alone.
I want to tell my story, discuss why depression, bipolar and ADHD are more prevalent with developers than the general population, and talk about how we can squish the shame and stigma of mental illness.
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