Most of the comments on this board have been kind and thoughtful. A few clearly
have little to no knowledge of major clinical episodes of depression.For those looking for understanding, try: William Styron's, "Darkness
Visible: A Memoir of Madness." It is short and powerful. For those who
want a more recent, and longer work, try "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of
Depression" by Andrew Solomon. Neither are clinical, both are very readable
works of people who have suffered major depressive episodes. It is astonishing
that they were able to produce what they did.God bless you Robyn
Williams. Thanks for making us laugh. We are sorry you are gone. God bless
those who are suffering... and help us to lift, bless and assist them in getting
proper help. Be kind to someone today. Be kind to yourself. Love
coupled with knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
@patriotMr. Williams had cocaine addiction in the 70s and 80s. Even
though he admitted his failure to alcoholism, and he took measures to deal with
drinking problem, he said publicly that he would never return to cocaine.Unless there is medical evidence that drug was involved in his death,
let's not assume cocaine was the source of Mr. Williams' problem.
Depression can cause suicide and is far more complicated than many of us know,
and not every depression case is highly treatable with medications, just think
about Pastor Rick Warren's poor son. When dealing with depression, some
people turn to food, some turn to alcohol, some even finally turn to suicide.
I wish Mr. Williams rest in peace. Judging does not seem to fit in
re:CougsndawgsI highly doubt it was "just the depression"
either. Depression is highly treatable today with medications but I know no
treatment for hard drug abuse and alcohol. Cocaine is a killer and Williams was
a big time abuser.
I am going to celebrate his life by watching again his movie
"Awakenings" One of his very best rolls and movies and so
sadly rarely mentioned. He is so wonderful in it. Some people
have never even heard of it. You think you like Robins Williams already---
wait til you watch him this.
I've had a lot of experience working with people that suffered from
depression & have dealt with it in my own life, though not to the extent
that some others have. @patriot...yes he suffered from substance abuse but
there's no way to tell if alcohol and drugs contributed to, or caused the
problem or were used by Robin Williams to help him cope with his depression. My
observation has been that substance abuse and depression are comorbidities
because the substance is used to self medicate for the depression.I've also worked with addicts and in every single case, addiction was
merely a symptom of deeper problems like severe depression/anxiety, social
dysfunction, family disquietude, abuse, etc. I would hope that people don't
judge Robin Williams for his addictions or his depression anymore than they
would judge someone who suffers from chronic pain using analgesics.RIP RW...you were one of a kind and left me in stitches on multiple occasions.
re:Brave Sir RobinIt wasn't just depression. It was Cocain,
alcohol and personal marital and financial problems. The man spent years in
re-hab centers for drug and alcohol abuse as early as 2012.
Many people do not believe "Depression" really exists. Saying "snap
out of it" or "just think happy thoughts" or "read your
scriptures" does not make depression go away. It is real. It is a killer.
Waking up every morning is an dreaded effort.If a person has a lung
disease, they wouldn't be told to just think happy thoughts and it will go
away. Or telling a heart attack patient to just snap out of it would not be
therapeutic. Liver, kidney, and heart disease are all taken seriously and
treated vigorously.But a "disease" of the brain is shameful,
or doubted. When a bodily organ is sick it has symptoms. Depression is a symptom
of a brain disorder. It can be treated, but is often kept a secret out of shame.
sucide. This translates to a funny crazy guy on the outside but dark and
terribly depressed on the inside.
We have all had our bad days and perhaps extended times where we have struggled.
It is easy to get down on yourself and wonder how you will make it through.Depression is real and those who suffer from it need to have faith and
hope injected into their lives. This can come from supportive family and
friends. You never know when a kind word or deed will change someone's life
in a dramatic way.It is always sad when someone falls to this
'ailment' and takes their own life. It is devastating to those they
leave behind. It also takes away all the experiences that they and their loved
ones will now miss out on.Robin brightened the lives of millions. It
is too bad that it wasn't enough to brighten his own life enough to carry
Humor is a reflex of the struggle to be sane. For many years, Robin turned inner
turmoil into combustion for making the world laugh at its misery. That’s
quite a legacy.
Having been in the past a Young Men's President @ the Utah State Hospital
to young men ages 12 - 18 years old who experienced some kind of abuse,
sexual, physical, verbal, alcohol or drugs; I saw mental illness up close and
what it can do. It is a horrid illness and people aren't mentally ill,
"just because." Too bad more people don't get the help they need
when help works as sometimes mental illness can be controlled sometimes not.
One of the all-time greatest comedians AND actors! It is definitely a huge
loss. RIP, Robin Williams.
There's nothing selfish about suicide. A person who commits suicide most
likely believes the world will be a better place without them, that the pain
they cause for being among family is friends is actually much less than the pain
they'd feel if he or she was dead. So let's not judge y'all!
Suicide, particularly of someone so prominent like Robyn Williams, can be
epidemic in its impact. That is, people who would not normally think of self
destruction will, and tragically, will act on an impulse which has untold
lasting impact on those around them. If anyone reading this feels some impulse
to self destruction please seek help. Remember those around you. Suicide is
more about them, than you.
He was unique. He will be sorely missed.
Mork has return to Ork. Thanks for the ride captain. Pease be with you.
Goes to show that we all have Demons we battle. A person can appear so happy on
the outside but suffer immensely on the inside. My heart goes out to all who
have suffered with depression and all who are left behind to come to grips with
suicide. Every time I hear about a suicide It is a reminder to be mindful and
observant of signs by those around us of hopelessness and try to offer love and
hope and resources for professional help. Thank you Robin Williams for all the
cheer you spread during your life.
I'm so sorry. Thank you Robin, for making me laugh.
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,The ship has
weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,The port is near,
the bells I hear, the people all exulting,While follow eyes the steady
keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart!
heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
Depression is no respecter of persons or professions. It's ironic that a
man who made so many people laugh was hurting so much inside. RIP Robin
Robin Williams was battling severe depression according to other news scources.
Wow, I sure didn't see this coming. My Family and I saw him along the
California Central Coast alone in a restaurant several summers ago. This was the
weekend of his brother's brother funeral. Now people, lets all try to be a
little nicer to those around us. Our better behavior may stop a friend, a
co-worker or a family memeber from taking their own life.
A tragic loss, rest in peace Robin.
What was his problem? Just wondering Why.
For me, he was a hero simply because he toured with the USO. I met him in
Kuwait in NOV 2003 when he came as part of a USO tour.
Wow. This man was an actor known by a generation. Williams was a great actor.
Doubtfire, Flubber, Patch Adams, Dead Poets, Hook, Jumanji.....the list goes on.
Sad. A comedic genius who will be missed.