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Any suggestions on how to deal with founder depression?

There has been some discussions and blog posts around this topic. The entrepreneurial journey seems to be a lonely one. With the rollercoaster of emotions the dark days can be very hard to swallow. Any tips on how to handle these challenges?

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Jayakumar.S Singaram
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Jayakumar.S Singaram Entrepreneur
Member Founding Team at RINANU SEMICONDUCTORS LLP
Shri Mahajan, good morning. There are 3 types of founders
1) founder who provides his/her shoulder for all ( includes investor, workers and co-founders ) to take a seat and travel a journey called company
2) founder want to take seat on shoulder of investor and have happy journey
3) founder just want to try it out, or founder from Baniya family ( means business family ) or founder did not get a job ( like the case in WhatsApp).

there is need to worry only item 1 and other 2 items will not have worry for them. because they ride on others hard savings. May be it is important for item1 to off-load some load and continue company life.
Joost Van Der Leij
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Joost Van Der Leij Entrepreneur
CEO at The Institute of Unconventional Wisdom
Learn NLP?

http://nlpexpats.com/
Kawal Arora
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Kawal Arora Entrepreneur
Founder at Smartefy
Get a support group , friends who understand ur situation.
Robert Lee
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Robert Lee Advisor
Lifelong entrepreneur, inventor and artist
Yes, Veeshu. Being an entrepreneur will inevitably have its ups-and-downs as you go through your journeys. And many of us are sol entrepreneurs even though much of the talk these days is all about co-founders. So for those of us who launch alone, the extremes can sometimes take a deep toll that takes time and conscious effort to fix. Brad Feld recently kicked off an open discussion about this long unspoken cycle: depression. Few people discuss this problem and fewer still even admit that it exists.

Always find a way to make some time - however little - for yourself. To enjoy something just for yourself.

At some of my talks to startups and entrepreneurs, I remind people to remember what they tell you during the safety announcement on an airplane: "Be sure to put on your oxygen mask first before turning the help the person next to you."

If you don't take care of yourself first, you're not going to be able to help anyone else very well.

Good advice.
Peter Crane
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Peter Crane Entrepreneur • Advisor
Managing Director at Remington Capital
https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-hack-your-happiness/

Great advice via the link and don't miss the last part about supplements (and there are others if you do your homework). And don't use booze to medicate it's a depressant so just makes things worse in the long run.
Scott Harrison
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Scott Harrison Entrepreneur
Founder at Quinch
In general, I hate books on what makes a great leader/founder or what it takes to build successful company. They're loaded with allegories about what it takes to succeed and for the most part are all BS.

But, if anyone is running or plans to start a company, there is one book that I suggest you read, "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz. It is a lonely path, but there's strength in knowing that other's have been down the same road and suffered through similar if not greater difficulties.

I found this summary of the book which I think fits nicely ... "how to make if though the struggle without quitting or throwing up too much".

Robert Eberhart
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Robert Eberhart Entrepreneur
Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University
What I did, and it really helped, was to read great literature that gave perspective. I suggest the Odyssey - particularly Fagles translation; anything by Aeschylus, but especially Prometheus Bound, many of Euripides works, Thucydides history, Dante's Divine Comedy, and, of course, all of Shakespeare among many others such as In Praise of Folly, just to name some favorites. When you read great literature that has survived centuries, you realize that lonely and difficult journeys are what make us human and civilized. And above all, it will teach you to focus not on yourself but on others. Then you will even be a better manager and a better person. Dark days are what entrepreneurship is full of so it good to get comfortable with that. Starting a company is like an strong opiate, its great at first,,,its becomes a painful quest for a sustainable business. If you succeed, you can forget the bad stuff, but please don't forget the humility you are probably learning now. Hang in there!
Piyush Nigam
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Piyush Nigam Entrepreneur
MD at The Ark Marine Solutions
If you are going to challenge your limits be prepared to fall. Accept that you will fall. Focus on how fast you can get up and walk again. The ability to deal with failures on the way needs to be built, quite like you would build your biceps in a gym. Situations that would 'depress' me for 2 days a few years ago are things I can deal with in 15 minutes now and move on to put in my best again. Work on it!
Sherman Sall
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Sherman Sall Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder at Startency
Peter Crane up in the thread sent the perfect link. Most of those things I was going to write. Especially about the gym and friends. Being a founder is shit lonely, hard and frustrating. Meditation is a really smart way to start and end the day as well. The thing about a good founder is his or her ability to stand in the constant shit storm day after day, while acknowledging the sunshine above and knowing that flowers are just ahead - which is my crass over simplification of one of the basic buddhist principals.
Bernard Ang
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Bernard Ang Entrepreneur
Associate Director (Citi Private Client Group)
Hi Veeshu,

It's interesting what you ask because I've actually thought about discussing this before myself. What's more interesting is I've actually gone through the darkness and am recovering as we speak.

You see, I've held onto my day job as a means to bootstrap my startup projects and it was a baptism of fire - I learnt everything from ground zero and used whatever time I had on these projects. It was like holding two jobs.

In four years, I had experienced burnt out and it triggered a wave of severe depression. Rejection, fighting it, acknowledgement and soughing help, I discovered I had depression for two decades. And I decided to check myself into medical care.

Currently, with medication and a switching of mentality, I am just taking one day at a time. The human mind loops itself a lot and I find by thinking positive, my day changes. By remembering the good things that happen in my day, it lifts me. My desire to pursue my projects remain very strong, what has changed was taking things calmer, and being intelligent about decisions. Finding a good team or partner is extremely important to me now. One has just limited abilities and 24 hours.

I throw in a fair bit of exercise, meditation and finding my immediate five pillars of support, people who you can reach straight away, in case of a breakdown or life threatening situation. It has helped me.

Do I have regrets over pushing my body and mind over the limit? No. It remains my real life MBA and because of what I went through, I can clearly see how taboo depression and other Mental Health issues are and that, to me is a problem I would and can solve, hence, my building of a platform to help in this aspect.

I think depression from the entrepreneur journey just hasn't been touched on enough.
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