I started a new job last week as Senior Editor at HealthCentral, a website that offers inspiration and information to those who live with different chronic conditions. I will be covering Mental Health & Wellness, Brain & Nerve Health, and Skin Health. In addition to editing pieces from various contributors I will be writing about trends in depression and mental health. You can find my posts at this link, but I will also be publishing teasers here so you can click through to the full story. My first piece was covering the tragic death of Kate Spade. It made me want to know more about the relationship between success and depression. Here’s what I found.
The death of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade of an apparent suicide inside her Park Avenue apartment in Manhattan shocked fans of her work and begs the questions: What would cause a woman who seemingly ‘had it all’ to reach such a point of desperation? And why does suicide take the lives of so many of the world’s most accomplished and successful people?
We think that success ensures happiness and protects a person from mental distress and suicide. However, the reality is that those of us chasing the corner office or the initials VP after our name may be more prone to depression and anxiety than the average Joe bussing tables at the local diner. In fact, some research indicates that CEOs may be depressed at more than double the rate of the general public.