Our expert says:
Well, speaking as a nutty professor ---
Let's see. I did once treat a depressed and hysterical stripper, but they have not loomed large in my practice over the years. A couple of body builders, ditto. And there have been several severely depressed soccer stars in the British TV news in the last year. SOunds like you've been reading the book The Savage God : A Study of Suice, by Al Alvarez, who especially looked at this issue.
Generally, my experience and what I've found in the scientific and medical literature suggests that those of us who are more creaive by nature, or indeed reasonably intelligent, may brood and think more deeply about our sufferings, whatever their origins, and are far more eloquent in expressing how they feel, rather than necessarily being more prone to such disorders. More intelligent people may be able to spot real or potential problems more readily that less bright brethren, which may not be an advantage if one worries about this in ways that aren't constructive or useful
And of course when notable people get ill, -point hard for them to keep secret ) we all hear about it, and tend to remember it, whereas we don't hear of or recall the many other people who suffer the same fate, nor think of the many authors and artists who are fine and well.
Among the medical profession, most folks expect psychiatrists to lead the suicide league table, but most studies I have seen find Surgeons to be more at risk.
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