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Dec 27, 201209:05 AMIt's All About Content

with Thomas Marks

The mystery that is Suzy Favor Hamilton

The mystery that is Suzy Favor Hamilton

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I don’t know very much about depression. Sure, there are days when I’m blue, some when I’m pissed at the world – watching the murder of 6 and 7 year olds will do that to you – and days when my wife is away and I’m lonely. But that’s not depression. What I do know is we cast a pretty wide net when we talk about it, and there are too many armchair psychologists around who are seldom right but never in doubt. Keep them at arm’s length.

Like many, the recent news about Suzy Favor Hamilton blindsided me. It was baffling, a real head-scratcher, and painfully upsetting. Amazingly, our company has five clients who have employed her – some quite regularly. I don’t need to name them, you already know who they are. And yes, our team of public relations professionals worked round-the-clock after the news broke. It certainly heightens the talk about depression, and not always in a good way.

Just the other day, David Letterman told Charlie Rose, and thus told the world, “It’s different than feeling sad. It’s different than feeling blue. It’s really like a friend of mine says, it’s the world with 20/20 vision.” I don’t know what that means, I can’t, but it doesn’t sound like a walk in the park.

I was sitting at the bar in a prominent downtown restaurant the other night, a martini in one hand, my wife’s hand in the other, listening to the table behind me making light of the Favor Hamilton situation. How on earth can people make light of a situation that’s so dark? It’s no wonder the stigma of mental illness is so persistent. Our national pastime of passing judgment won’t ever help the cause.

I found Suzy Favor Hamilton to be a gosh-darn good pitchwoman. Enthusiastic, engaging, and accommodating. And many other marketing people did too. That’s the mystery in all of this, and maybe it’s part of the mystery of mental illness.

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Dec 31, 2012 02:32 pm
 Posted by  Sean

I must have missed something. Is the story that Suzy was struggling with depression and that contributed to her being a call-girl? Well, I see. Interesting.

Jan 2, 2013 03:48 am
 Posted by  Tim

The unfolding events and Susie are quite sad and quite understandable if you truly understand what depression is all about. After all some people will go to the links of killing themselves Because of their depression. Only those who have had the unfortunate experience of depression can understand How one could ever come to such conclusions It is absolutely the most debilitating and consuming of events in one's life even if it is a mild level. When one is under a depressive state your mind works with such irrationality. The reaction of a good share of the general public and the
crassness also is not hard to understand. Not necessarily because we are an uncaring nation but because we are a nation was truly ignorant of effects of depression.

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Thomas Marks brings years of marketing experience to his blog "It's All About Content" as the President and Managing Partner of TMA+Peritus.  Prior to starting the agency in 1983, Tom was the VP of Marketing and Advertising for Bally Corporation in Chicago. He was also President of Bally's multi-million dollar in-house ad agency FFC Advertising.

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