Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is ADHD drug causing epidemic of Wall Street suicides?

In the manic world of high finance, it's high stress, 18-hour days, and a "what have you done for me lately?" attitude from the chief executives.

Most financial sector workers know this going into the field. In fact, according to the New York Post, many live by this rule - and it's not really a matter of choice:

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.

It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up.

It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death.

It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

So, has this mantra, coupled with the incredibly demanding and fast pace of the financial industry, led to a rash of eight high-profile suicides of financial sector employees in the past three months? It is a mystery that has mental health pros baffled.

As the Post pointed out, late winter for many folks is a time of depression. The weather's cold, dank and dreary; lack of sunlight and outside activity wears on many people.

But for bankers and others in the financial sector, depression from any source is usually mitigated with interest in how large end-of-year bonuses will be.

However, compensation has been decreasing across the entire financial sector, reports say, due in large part to firms having to deal with new mandates that affect bottom lines.

That's one aspect. The other for mental health professions studying this phenomenon is why such a large number of these suicides are so public.

A breakdown of the suicides

-- Autumn Radtke, a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta, leapt 25 stories to her death from her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. In an Inc. magazine essay she posted online titled, "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship," she wrote, "Everything has its price."

-- Li Junjie, a 33-year-old JPMorgan finance pro leaped to his death from the roof of the company's 30-story Hong Kong office tower Feb. 18.

-- Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice president with JPMorgan's corporate and investment bank technology arm in the UK, also jumped to his death, from the roof of the bank's 33-story Canary Wharf tower in London, on Jan. 28.

For the rest of the story: http://www.naturalnews.com/044708_Wall_Street_suicides_Adderall.html

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