Barton Goldsmith: Suicide Season

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As psychotherapist Barton Goldsmith explains, while many think that suicides happen most often during the holiday season, it’s not true. Most suicides take place in late July and August, and we do not know why.

Tribune News Service

The recent suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain were a shock to the world. How could this happen?

We ask ourselves this question largely because they were famous. They seemed to have it all: fame, fortune, talent.

Kate had a loving family; Bourdain had a daughter he loved and family support, but he openly struggled with loneliness.

Both suffered from an inner pain that was too much to bear, so they took their own lives to make it stop. In their case, as in most, the reason was a long-term mental illness.

More people die from suicide than from car accidents. Kate was seeing doctors and taking medication, but it wasn’t enough. Having a couple of hit television shows, even winning a Peabody Award, wasn’t enough for Anthony.

Those who have struggled with a major depressive disorder understand how deep the pain can go. Sometimes, killing yourself seems like the only way to make it stop and to end the deeply disturbing negative thinking. But it is not.

If you are someone who over worries and always thinks the sky is going to fall, like Kate, or feels lonely much of the time like Anthony, it’s a sign that you need to get medical and psychological attention.

Mental illness affects many people, not just celebrities, but with more and more stars now discussing their personal emotional battles, it has become easier for the rest of us to talk about why we are in pain.

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