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Local psychiatrist reacts to Kate Spade's suicide death

As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: WLBT As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: WLBT
As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: CNN As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: CNN
As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: WLBT As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: WLBT
As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: CNN As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem. Source: CNN

As reaction is pouring in over the shocking suicide death of fashion designer Kate Spade, it's bringing high profile attention to a growing problem.

Kate Spade, Alexander McQueen, and L'Wren Scott, all successful designers, all around the same age, all took their lives, yet each for a different reason. 

"Suicide doesn't know any type of barriers," said Brenda Patterson, Executive Director of Contact the Crisis Line. 

Dr. Marshall Belaga is a psychiatrist at St. Dominic's Hospital. He says that having suicidal thoughts is more common than people realize. 

"There is such a stigma about mental illness and a lot of times everyone has the same kind of feelings. Having suicidal thoughts is somewhat common. People are afraid to talk about it," said Dr. Belaga.

Patterson says as people grow older their responsibilities change and they have greater life experience. 

"You know loses of significant others, loss of life status, retirement, not knowing what to do after retirement and youth, loss of youth," she said.

During periods of depression or bouts of suicidal thought, Dr. Belaga says men and women struggle with different types of emotions.

"Women usually feel that they aren't adequate enough, that they are not taking care of their families. Men often times, that they're supposed to be men all the time. They are supposed to be tough. They're not supposed to have feelings," he said.   

Belaga says if people just knew that their experiences weren't so different from one another people would be more likely to talk about it.

"One of the biggest problems with suicide is that people feel like they are alone that no one is going to understand," added Dr. Belaga.

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