…etired military officer; however, the same culture exists and shockingly persists in many vocations. I can’t imagine a medical professional, other first responders, government officials of all stripes, pilots, drivers…etc. etc. easily admitting to suffering from mental illness and subsequently seeking treatment without risking their careers, their livelihood and ironically, their medical benefits.
This. I'm a doctor suffering from debilitating anxiety at times. I hide it at work and it doesn't visibly impact my job but it's destroying my happiness to such a degree that I decided to switch careers. Thanks for writing this.