"John Tantillo, Ph.D. is a TV, Radio and Social Media Branding Expert with over 30 years experience in Behavioral Health Care Branding"
F. Scott Fitzgerald once remarked to his friend Ernst Hemingway: “The rich are different,” to which Hemingway responded: “Yes. They have more money.”
Even though the rich may have more money, the sad fact is that they too suffer from the many mental health issues that others experience in their daily lives.
Chronic depression is one such malady that has received notoriety recently, following disclosures from relatives of the royal family. A June 24 article in USA Today outlined the continuing struggle from depression of James Middleton, brother of Duchess Kate and Pippa Middleton. In the column, James attributes his crippling depression to his sudden rise to fame at age 23, when his older sister married Prince William, along with the usual stressors of life.
In another article cited by USA Today, James told “Tatler Magazine” that the “transition was more than challenging and made him question his sense of self,” after being thrown into the public eye. His challenges were multiplied by the stressors and pressures of his entrepreneurial ventures, which would like be enough for even alpha personality types not in the public eye.
Middleton explains it like this: “Suddenly, and very publicly, I was being judged about whether I was a success of a failure. That does put pressure on you. Because in my mind I’m doing this irrespective of my family and events that have happened.”James went on to say that there wasn’t one reason for his depression but a constellation of feelings that affected him. For Middleton: “It’s what keeps you in bed, while anxiety makes you feel guilty for being there. I thought ‘What do I have to be depressed about?’ I’ve been so lucky with my upbringing, I had all the things I wanted," he continued. "It’s not that I wanted more, but there was something that wasn’t always there.… And the more I ignored it, the more it was taking over."
James said the turning point came in late 2017 when he was unable to leave his car and face the day. He called his doctor and said he was unable to explain what was happening. “The doctor said 'James, are you okay?' And I said 'No, I'm not.’” His doctor referred him to a specialist and James underwent a period of intense therapy, according to Tatler Magazine. He stepped back from running his business and has found happiness in dating French-born girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet.
This appeared to work, but every case is different. What is important is to seek professional help. Dr. Dave Moore, clinical director for BlueSky Behavioral Health, explains it this way: “there isn’t one magic pill when it comes to depression that will make someone feel better. Rather it’s a number of complementary activities that will get a patient to feel better along with a good mental health professional that will make the difference in the patient’s road to normalcy.”
James states in the USA Today article that “I am happy – I feel like James Middleton again. I feel like I was when I was 13, excited about life. I feel like myself again and I couldn’t ask for more.” It appears that James found a treatment plan that worked for him. The lesson for those who suffer from depression: Make the call to a mental health professional to develop a treatment plan for you and your family members. So you can Live Life Well. John Tantillo, Ph.D. is a TV, Radio and Social Media Branding Expert with over 30 years experience in Behavioral Health Care Branding