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CHANTAL SAJAN: Two years ago, Mr Nick Jonsson’s life hit rock bottom.

He had just reached the summit and landed the job of managing director of EGN Singapore in January 2018. To all appearances, he seemed to be enjoying the trappings of a successful C-suite executive.

But he struggled with a vague sense of numbness inside and was increasingly isolated from his colleagues as he tried to keep his mental condition a secret for fear of being perceived as a “weak leader”.

Away from his parents and young son, who live in Sweden, he turned to alcohol and put on 20kg within three months. His left foot swelled to twice its size and doctors were initially baffled.

Later, it was discovered that the swelling was psychosomatic – triggered by his rapidly deteriorating mental condition.

 

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