Depression In Pilots Common, But They’re Reluctant To Seek Help, Study Finds
For decades, pilots who acknowledged they were depressed were grounded, but officials slightly relaxed those regulations in 2010.
Los Angeles Times:
Depression Symptoms Are Common Among Active Airline Pilots, International Survey Reveals
Behind the self-confident gait, the friendly greeting and the air of superb competence, as many as 13% of the nation’s commercial airline pilots may be suffering from depression, and roughly 1 in 25 report they’ve had suicidal thoughts in the last two weeks, a new study reveals. But the researchers — the first to ask a large sample of airline pilots about their mental health — suggest that depressed pilots are reluctant to seek treatment for their depression for fear of being grounded or damaging their careers. (Healy, 12/15)