Year: 1969 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.125, no.8, (1969), p.1093-1098 SIEC No: 19840037

Examines the depressions & suicides of Forrestal & Winant for possible relevance to problems of stress & breakdown in political decision-making areas. Argues that some of their personal problems found expression in their careers but that the serious consequences of these problems for policy decisions were checked by a variety of restrictions on office holding in US government. Much more research is needed to determine what might be done to prevent mental illness & breakdown in high office.