Learning from Robin Williams' death

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  • U of U Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    "Just get over it!"
    "Our family doesn’t have those problems. We are good people of faith."

    I recently told my LDS Bishop of my clinically diagnosed severe depression, and his response was "We all get the blues now and then".

    Well, evidence is mounting that people who have clinical depression don't "Just get over it" and it certainly is not a case of the blues. Yes, we have to work hard to battle it, but it is constantly an uphill battle.

    I am grateful for Elder Holland's talk. And I am grateful that the stigma is fading. But we still have far to go.

    For me, getting treatment has been a chalenge as my insurance only covers about half the cost and there is a huge deductible - $750 per person per year. Cost is definitely a factor to people not receiving treatment.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    25 percent of Americans who will experience mental illness this year, 60 percent will go untreated. This is truly a community and national tragedy. Yet we still don't need a national single payer health system, do we?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    re:Irony Guy

    Rush did NOT call him a coward or anything of the sort. Get your facts straight and stop with the false exaggerations . Shepard Smith did call his act cowardly and he later apologized. There are many in the world who do beleive that suicide is a cowardly act because of what it does to those in the family who are left behind - I am not one of them. We can't judge suicide - only our maker can do that.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    I liked Robin Williams. I thought his humor was good - not dirty and course - but funny and sometimes crazy. I felt he as a good actor and had good range as far as his acting skill. Finally I think he gave of himself alot as well - to children to soldiers etc... I have to say however that although his depression was most likely the dark deamon that killed him and caused him to take his life he also made poor choices in his life with drugs and alcohol having checked into an alcohol rebab center in 2014 not long ago. The drug abuse was early in his career with Cocaine but there is some suspecision that he was on and off again even with that over the years. We will never know if the substance abuse contributed to his depression and death but it certainly didn't help matters. As far as the suicide, I leave that for his maker to judge the right or wrong of that because we aren't qualified or capable.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Aug. 14, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    Many thanks, Mr. Ashton, for sharing your thoughts and your experiences with this troubling illness that effects so many. My older brother passed away 2 years ago from colon cancer. I know he was suffering from depression for many years but never sought treatment and when the symptoms of the cancer must have been manifest, he never sought medical treatment until it was too late. I've often wondered of that was a form of suicide.

    My own father had negative feelings about mental health professionals but 35 years ago I sought treatment for self esteem issues and obtained very beneficial help from a wonderful counselor. As you suggest, it will be a better day when we all acknowledge that there is no shame in recognizing and then treating our mental illnesses. Thank you again.