This site is mostly built on original content, generated entirely by me. I'll periodically link to a collection of cool articles and videos by other folks, filed under Awesome Shit, but I very rarely excerpt something from another site as just a passthrough, but I think this one merits that.
Nick Youssef is a very talented LA comedian and a very good person. We've been friends since I started. Mostly just hanging out, shooting the shit, getting drunk and going to Norm's at 3 am type friends. But when it's mattered, Nick has proven to be a very thoughtful and caring person. I always peripherally knew about his struggles with depression, but they rarely surfaced while we were together, certainly not in any way I felt comfortable addressing, beyond periodically thanking him out of the blue for being a good friend.
That's part of why it was important for me to pass this on. But also because it's universal. You don't need to know Nick or The Comedy Store or any other specific person - comedian, or not - who has suffered depression for this to ring true. More importantly, of course you know someone who has dealt with - or currently is going through - depression. These are some great insights into understanding that, and if it's you going through it, this is a good reminder that you aren't the only one and there are ways to address it.