The Psychologically Resilient Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs report significantly higher rates of depression, attention-deficit disorder, substance abuse and bipolar disorder than a control group. This is partially due to self-selection (qualities that make great entrepreneurs – creativity, empathy, adaptiveness, humor, independence, risk-taking, multi-tasking, and crisis-management skills – originate from the same roots of trauma as shame, anxiety, perfectionism, ADHD, avoidant attachment, and discomfort with stability); and largely due to the entrepreneurial lifestyle (social isolation, sleep deprivation, unrealistically high expectations, drug use, stress, and uncertainty). In this session, we'll hear mental health advice from founders who've overcome or learned how to manage mental health challenges.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Track: Startups
Level: Advanced