I've suffered from depression for years, I go in and out of episodes with a bit of frequency, but not enough that it actually cripples my life (maybe once every 6-9 months) to the extent that I can't work. I'm well medicated so I'm normally not that sick, but I'm going through what looks like another episode as we speak. I worked really slowly today, and I was so disorganised and I had no idea what on earth was going on. My teacher took me aside during the break time and asked me if everything was ok. I told him that it was personal... he said that's ok, he didn't need to hear it if it wasn't relevant to my studies... I said that it was. I've told my teachers before (in a different area of study - music) about my depressions, and they have seemed to all get it - probably because it's quite common to have some sort of psychiatric malady in the art world. I apologised for the extreme slowness and told him that I go in and out episodes, and that I'm normally not like this. I don't know if he understood ... he's French, and he speaks English fine... it's just normally when tell teachers about my depression, they nod, and talk about it, or acknowledge it somehow, normally by commenting on it. He nodded and then asked me if it would help if I set up closer to him. I don't know if I did the right thing in telling him, but I felt like I looked like enough of a fool that he deserved a proper explanation.
Would you have done the same? I'm tossing up over whether I should tell my other teachers in the culinary world.