Yes, even someone as successful as Kate Spade can experience mental illness.
The death of the 55-year-old fashion designer Tuesday morning in her New York apartment was officially ruled a suicide by the city’s medical examiner’s office on Thursday. Some on social media this week have questioned how Spade, who seemingly had everything, could take her own life.
Spade’s husband, Andy, told The New York Times she suffered from severe depression. Mental illnesses are medical conditions. Just like diabetes and heart disease, they can affect anyone — regardless of their income or occupation.
“That (argument) doesn’t make any sense to me. That’s like saying someone’s really successful, I don’t know how she got cancer,” said Dr. Soroya Bacchus, a psychiatrist. “Mental disorders are an equal opportunity and have nothing do with success, education or where you grow up.”