If we wound up disclosing "something we shouldn't have" that really didn't have professional consequences, at least long-term. Also, we were part of the "Me Generation" and craved sharing every minute detail of our existence, particularly our troubles.
Among those troubles was what now would be classified as "mental illness." That wasn't a surprise then and it isn't a surprise now. During any year, about one out of five of Americans is going through a bout of mental illness. That could range from clinical depression to a temporary psychotic break.
Being out there with weekly information about our talk therapy (medication wasn't standard then) was not unusual. That was then.
Now, as the confidentiality issues involved with Andreas Lubitz's medical problems scream, mental illness - and indeed all illness - can derail a career. Sure it could be against the law in the U.S. - think the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). But, with age bias already against us, it seems reckless to be open about any medical challenges.
In addition, since the concept of mental illness has become fused in the public mind with potential violence, a struggle with any of the myriad mental conditions which one-fifth of Americans annually encounter should not become public. Sharing has to be highly selective.