Robin Williams Depression

Jan Leeming

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Date: 12th August 2014


How very very sad to hear of the death of this delightful man.

I’m sure people were shocked that a man who could be so funny and amusing was suffering from depression but you will find throughout history many suicides amongst those who dedicate themselves to making us laugh – think of Tony Hancock and Spike Milligan - the latter was in and out of institutions on a regular basis. And several comedians have openly confessed to a dark side to their character. It is rather like the Clown who makes us laugh whilst he/she is crying inside – The Tears of a Clown.

I was pleased to see a comment which mentioned depression as being ‘a pit’ out of which there appears to be no escape. I can identify with this because it has happened twice in my life and it really is like a big black pit with shiny sides on which you cannot get a grip to pull yourself out. Talking to a councillor can help as can medication. But poor Robin Williams must have had depression very very badly indeed. Being of a depressive nature is actually in our genes and some folk have it in spades like poor Robin Williams – others are touched by it from time to time when life gets on top of them and they simply cannot cope with any more stress. It descends like a big black cloud pushing you into this pit – you don’t want to eat, you find it difficult to carry out even the simplest of tasks, you don't care about anything or anybody,  and all you really desire is the blessed release of sleep.  It is almost like being a Zombie.

Those who have never suffered from depression are able to dismiss it with a ‘Get over it – everyone has their down days’. Depression is an illness and perhaps with such a high profile person having taken his own life, others will be more sympathetic and more might be done by way of research as to how to help people suffering from this incredibly debilitating illness.

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