Robin Williams died August 11, 2014
Robin Williams was one of my favorite comedy actors. From his days as “Mork from Ork” on “Mork & Mindy” to RV. His energy, wittiness, and ability to ad-lib was amazing. He made me laugh at him, at the world, and at my own life. He was a creative and comedy genius. A truly talented man.
Yet this man fought his own demons with addiction, alcoholism, and depression. In my studies in psychology, addiction and alcoholism may be a result of an underlining mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Often those with these illnesses, which are treatable, self medicate with drugs and alcohol.
I am saddened as I know Robin had so much more to contribute and a long life to live. There is help out there, unfortunately Robin may have not found it. Or maybe he was told and instructed yet failed to treat his illness and face his illness.
Depression is a very ugly illness. Sometimes it creeps up without the victim even knowing it. Early signs are withdrawal, lack of interest in activities once found fun and interesting, lethargic, over sleeping, sleeplessness, inability to concentrate, immense mood swings and over emotional reactions. If it lasts more than five days a person should see a doctor and seek help. With today’s technology, medicines and therapy, depression can be treated. Real results of recovery are achievable. It is a real illness that can be caused by extreme emotional distress from the past or in the present, or you can be prone to depression by a chemical imbalance, or it can also be hereditary.
Be there for someone who is depressed, understand it is an illness and it is not who the person truly is. Talk to them, convince them to get help and stand by them through this tough time. Everyone can help battle this wicked illness, eliminate stigma, and lessen the potential of worsening depression or God forbid suicide. Educate yourself and others and look for the warning sides. You could save a life, and the heart ache of a family and friends.
Below are some of my Favorite Robin William movies, what are yours?
Good Morning Vietnam
Dead Poets Society
Man of the Year
Good Will Hunting
Night at the Museum
World According to Garp
The Fisher King
Moscow on the Hudson
My Captain, My Captain, rest in peace.
In sincere condolences,