THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Time to Heal and
a Place to Thrive
One Diplomatic Security special agent
offers his own case as a model for
successful rehabilitation from
BY RONALD HOL LOWAY
Ronald Holloway, a Diplomatic Security special agent andmember of
the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2014, is a foreign affairs officer with
the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the State Department. The views
expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily
reflect those of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. government.
here were times when I couldn’t face
another day, and all I wanted to do
was sleep. There were days when I
was so euphoric that I behaved in
ways I now consider very embarrass-
ing. There were also dark days, when
I thought the only way to provide for
my family would be for them to col-
lect my life insurance. And there was
the day when, after my second hospitalization, I was diagnosed
with bipolar disorder.
I like to think those days are behind me as I successfully
manage a mental illness that severely limits the lives of millions
of people in the United States. I was fortunate to have support
from within my bureau, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, to
ensure my successful rehabilitation.
I do not know how many in the State Department have an
experience with mental illness like mine, but the department
should consider my rehab process as a model to be replicated.
ON MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR THE FOREIGN SERVICE