So, Robin Williams killed himself on Monday. The entire internet is talking about it and about depression. Robin Williams was one of the best actors and comedians of our time (here is a link to a collection of some of his best scenes: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyorley/25-lessons-we-learned-from-robin-williams-characters?bffbent ). And while I hate that he suffered and died, I am so glad that it is bringing the idea of depression to the mainstream. Too many people still stigmatize it, and this causes too many people to resist seeking help.
I have had a really great run for the past three or four years, but depression could come back and slam me at any time. I won’t talk a lot about it right now, but I do feel the need to address the problem while so many people are thinking about it, perhaps for the first time. I know how depression works now, and I’ve come to understand how to recognize it and get through it. But a lot of people out there still don’t understand how common depression is, refuse to admit to it and seek help, seem fine to those around them so that the problem isn’t recognized, or simply can’t fight their way out of the pit.
I’m just going to leave some links here:
If you don’t really understand what depression is like, Allie over at Hyperbole and a Half has explains it better than I ever could: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2013/05/depression-part-two.html
If you think depression might only affect people by making them really, obviously sad, these articles might help you understand why someone as funny and well-loved as Robin Williams could succumb: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-depression_n_5670256.html or http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/robin-williams-why-funny-people-kill-themselves/
If you need help, but don’t know how, these two blog posts by a fellow sufferer have some good info: http://thebloggess.com/2014/08/if-you-need-help/ or http://thebloggess.com/2014/01/strange-and-beautiful/
I have survived while others haven’t, and for that I am grateful. Let’s help others survive this beast.