Taking up leadership role when you have depression
I have periodically suffered from Depression through out my life ever since I was a teenager. I have always required periods of down time in my life to deal with it. However I’m able to manage things most of the time without anyone noticing it, especially in my adult life.
I have an opportunity to lead a team. I’m afraid If the depression will cause a problem. As an IC it’s easy for me to hide it, I can take a few days OOF and no one will notice it, but I wonder if it will cause a problem for my directs. A few years ago I turned down similar opportunity but now I’m having a tougher time to make a decision. I have 2 kids and have a supportive husband making it easier for me to handle things at home.
Have you been in a similar issue and what did you do? I see a lot of threads here on depression but is anyone with depression a manager? I don’t want this to limit my opportunities but I also don’t want to be a bad manager.