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Developers and Depression

Developers and Depression


I am a developer and I have bipolar disorder and ADHD. Mental illness plagues the technical community, and we need to talk about it more. This is my story, stories of other developers, and tips and tricks we've learned along the way.
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About the Book

I am a developer and I have bipolar disorder and ADD. 

In 2013, I started giving a talk called Developers and Depression at tech conferences and meetups. I've been blown away by the response from the tech community. I assumed that there were people out there like me. What I didn't expect were just how many in our community have been affected by mental illness: rather you're someone who suffers from it directly, or someone with a struggling spouse, coworker, or employee. 

I have ADD, so writing a book is a daunting task for me. But then it hit me: 

  • I've been fairly successful at writing short blog posts. 
  • My audience also has short attention spans. 

So instead of setting out to write your standard work of non-fiction with 5000 word chapters and a cohesive narative structure, this book is more of a collection of essays that should be easy to consume piecemeal while sitting on the toilet. It will be three parts: 

  • My story
  • YMMV advice 
  • Stories from other developers

A lot of this content is available on my blog. 

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