An overdue confession.
Bah, time to fess up….
As someone who has had many battles with depression over the majority of my adult life, even rather recently, the subject of Robin Williams’s death has been a touchy one for me.
It’s sad that it takes the passing of a celebrity of such calibre to bring depression to the attention of so many people. But now it seems that at least a few more people are aware that it is an illness, it does have symptoms and it’s certainly not biased or overly selective in who it effects.
I’m genuinely feel sorry for people that say things like “it’s selfish” “it’s the cheat’s way out” “they didn’t consider their family or friends”. It shows that they really just don’t understand what happens to someone suffering.
As someone who has been there, I can only express that none of that even enters into your head when you are sitting at the bottom of despair. “Normal” emotions don’t surface at all and you certainly don’t think clearly. It’s not a quick fix and it can’t be simply gotten over or patched up. There is no such thing as a logical or normal way of thinking when you are fighting against a dark path.
The fact that Robin Williams spent his entire life being happy and making others laugh while suffering so badly behind closed doors that this was his only escape is a timely reminder that what you see on the outside of a person may be in stark contrast to what they are battling on the inside.
I know this for a fact as I have been hiding my battles for a while now, I have been the guy that puts on a persona just so everything appears normal…..
Just keep an eye out for your family and friends people.
Educate yourself and take note, you never know…….
here is a good place to start: