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Mental health is now a subject of open discussion, a dramatic change in the perception of what used to be an extremely sensitive topic.
I have always been interested in the subject, especially as I learn to take care of my own mental health through meditation.
In this episode, my goal is to find out as much as I can about mental health; especially the demographics.
Here’s the important question: who is most likely to get depressed?
According to an article on forbes.com, individuals belonging to high-income groups are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
To gain a deep and meaningful insight into mental illness, I invited Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a psychotherapist who works with people and families in the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the European Union. He holds a doctorate in law, a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and a Master of Arts in clinical psychology with a focus on family dynamics.
Dr. Paul’s work revolves around people who go through a silent but deadly crisis characterized by trauma, substance-abuse disorders, addiction, physical and emotional infidelity, personality disorders, and gender dysphoria.
Strangely, most of his patients are either famous or wealthy. In fact, more often than not, they are both.
Dr. Paul believes that there are an ingrained hostility and resentment towards the upper class. After all, they should have what it takes to be happy and healthy. Little do we know that their wealth is a blessing as much as it is a curse. It would appear that the underlying cause of a lack of access to proper mental health care lies in wealth itself.
In fact, a counterproductive means of dealing with modern-day loneliness and depression is to invest in extravagant quantitative aspects of life, like fame, money, and validation, if only to achieve a sense of security.
Dr. Paul advances a whole new different perspective on the demographics of depression: rich people can have it, too. In his emphatic words, every human being deserves culturally competent care. No matter who you are.
Check out his book about this topic, Fragile Power, on Amazon! link here.
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