CEOs suffering from depression are no longer surprising anyone. People in the C-suite will deal with depression disproportionately, but for some counter-intuitive reasons.
No matter if they’re CEOs, managers, or entrepreneurs, successful people will deal with depression at some point in their life. Some of them will postpone treatment, ending up struggling with severe depression down the road. Others will be proactive and fight depression from its earliest signs.
Even if people argue that successful individuals will have better resilience and motivation, people with high social and financial status aren’t immune to depression. However, many of them will adopt various techniques and methods for facing depression, reducing the symptoms and severity. Taking the necessary steps before it’s too late is another aspect making the difference between the successful and the regular people. Here’s how people on top keep depression at bay:
Many patients will go in therapy without having a clear idea about what they’re trying to obtain. They want to feel better, but they don’t know what they need or how they should think about it.
Setting a goal for therapy is what makes therapy work and give results, and it’s typical for successful people to know for sure what they’re trying to achieve with the therapy sessions. Being determined and focused is one of the reasons for which they’re on top, anyway.
Going in therapy isn’t enough; you have to know what you want to obtain and find the therapist who will get you there. But, fundamentally, you have a clear idea about the results you want.
Are you looking for happiness? Do you want to be a better parent or a better partner? No matter the reasons for which you go into therapy, you should be aware of how you’ll look, feel, act at the end of it.
It takes a lot of strength, motivation, and determination to become the very best, but you won’t be able to do it unless you’re brilliant. Many people sabotage themselves, and prodigious people don’t make an exception. But once they start to work in therapy, they’re not going to stop until they get the best out of it.
These people become capable of identifying the triggers of their depression from the moment they appear, which will reduce the risk of developing more severe forms. Some will go in therapies for years and get better at it. They start realizing that, at some point, their ancestors will “speak” through them and become aware of the situation.
Past trauma may creep back up and become overwhelming, taking you in a child-like place. Successful people who go in therapy are perfectly capable of making the difference between staying the adult and returning to their “child” status. Being able to know when some childhood drama resurfaces and how to take distance from it will help one avoid a days-long depression episode.
One of the reasons some treatments give better results is that the patient finds out, together with his therapist, the deep roots of the depression. A high-achiever isn’t going to back down and will be willing to go as deep as necessary to unravel the deep roots of the depression.
Well-being isn’t about a current moment, and you have to check the whole arc of one’s life, going back into childhood. It seems that affluent individuals are more determined to explore their deepest feelings than regular people. It may have a narcissistic vibe, but this time it’s used to a useful purpose. People love talking about themselves, and therapy gives them the perfect opportunity for it.
All psychologists will highlight that dealing with depression doesn’t make you a weak person; it only happens, and it makes take you some time to solve it. Some biological factors could be influential in some people, but the debate about the reasons for which one gets depressed is still going.
Some people will get better results with medication, whereas others would see improvement and lifetime recovery with alternative therapies. A series of blows and losses makes depression more psychological. There’s no disease with just one cause, and it’s the same for depression.
Some persons can take a lot, whereas others will see addiction, depression, or mental health problems as signs of weakness. High-achievers know that you cannot judge a person for having pneumonia, and it’s the same with depression. Their personalities are different from those of ordinary people; that’s a fact. And successful people seeking professional help for depression is helping fight the stigma on mental health as well.
No matter the cause of the depression or the path of treatment you’re choosing, it will be easier for you to heal when you know it’s not a character flaw.
The road of recovery from depression is long, but successful people will quickly discover which path and what combination of treatments work for them. Some will only need the meds, and others will use both therapies and meds. Others (their number is growing as we speak) will take the non-conventional path of holistic rehab for depression, where evidence-based methods are combined with alternative therapies for a customized treatment plan.
Either way, people on top will figure out what works best and what they need to do regularly to keep depression at bay. Patients choosing the alternative approach will learn that plant-based dieting, yoga, meditation, exercise, or simple walks will keep them on track and give them positive energy.
Some will take time off and try the 28 days of residential treatment plans to give long-lasting results. Others would choose outpatient programs instead. Either way, they will not give in until they find the best solution.
The most challenging step to take when dealing with depression, addiction, or anything similar is to admit you have a problem. People on top will know and realize they’re depressed. They will also be aware of the solutions out there and be willing to try them. It’s the “aha” moments (the death of a beloved friend, the birth of your first child) that push them in therapy for most people.
It’s relatively common for people not to be aware of their depression. Some would go through life, thinking that they’re stressed, tired, or overwhelmed by everyday life, when in reality, they’re depressed. Knowing that you’re dealing with depression and seeking professional help may seem easy from the outside, but it takes a lot of self-awareness and will to see your struggle.
Fake it till you make it does sound artificial, but it’s one of the best ways to trick our brain and get the results we want. The principle will help you fight the negative thinking, easing out the recovery process. Negative thoughts are part of the picture in depression, and patients need all the help they can get to gain a positive approach to life once again.
At treatment centers, patients are helped to identify negative thoughts in different ways. Yoga, HBOT therapy, walks in beautiful locations, massage, or meditation relax the patient. Therefore, the patient becomes more open to receiving positive thoughts about their lives and results. “fake it till you make it” will give results only if the patient isn’t in denial about his/her depression. If not, it will only worsen and go to life-threatening levels.
It’s relatively effortless for people in high-competitive business areas to use the principle; they’re problem solvers in a blink of an eye and don’t have time for overthinking situations. Going from negative to positive thinking is going to be more difficult for the rest of the people, especially since they’re not as resilient as successful people.
We don’t always need a dramatic event in our life to realize that we need to change the way we see life. Sometimes, we need to pay attention to the many little details that life gives, changing our perception. We’re not supposed to feel miserable all the time, but we’re not meant to be joyous 24/7.
We don’t necessarily need to go through life-turning moments to wake up and give our life a new meaning. The moments of clarity could come more effortlessly and naturally than we think. It may take some time until we get it, but it’s only a matter of time until those moments of clarity will take place and change you forever.