High functioning individuals, including CEOs and other stressed executives, despite considerable career success, may experience depression, anxiety, loneliness and a sense of meaninglessness. The high-pressured life often makes it difficult to maintain a satisfactory work/life balance, and attempts at self care may at times lead to alcohol abuse and other behaviors that jeopardize close relationships.
Loneliness at the top may isolate the CEO at times of greatest stress when it would be especially helpful to have someone to talk to who could listen and provide perspective. For the high functioning, more generally, the drive to succeed can conflict with the ability to invest in fulfilling relationships, adding further to loneliness.
Success itself may also come with a price. Concerns about the ability to stay on top or to maintain the same level of achievement may tap into underlying fears of failure. There may also be uncomfortable feelings about how one is perceived by friends and family members who are less successful. And, when accumulation of considerable wealth is involved, it may be hard to get past one’s own uneasy feelings about money or having ‘too much’. Working with a therapist who understands these issues can provide a forum for processing the feelings and finding ways to actively tackle self defeating behaviors that pose threats to continued success, physical health, and relationships.