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When hackers get the blues

Nov 01, 2009, 04:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"One of the results of this lack of personal interaction is the black dog. Something we call depression and something which is all too common in society at large and equally or more so among hackers.

"Depression is an intensely personal thing and most people are often too scared to even admit that they are prone to it. Thus, when someone opens up and creates a forum for sharing about this malady, it tends to garner plenty of followers.

"When Arjen Lentz decided to give a short talk about depression in the hacking community at the Open Source Developers' Conference in 2008, he wasn't sure about the kind of response he would get."

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