Randy Babbitt

Depression symptoms are common among active airline pilots, international survey reveals

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.

Prompted by the March 2015 murder-suicide...

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