Robin Williams Did Not Die From “Suicide”

Robin Williams Did Not Die From “Suicide”

The death of Robin Williams shocked the world. The thought that someone so seemingly happy could commit suicide shook us all.

A friend of mine who is suffering from a terminal illness was the first to let me know about the death of Robin Williams. But, unlike many she was not sympathetic, she is fighting each day to take control of her own life so that she can live to be here another day. She was angry with him for just giving up when there are so many people around the world who are struggling for life. “What did he have to be sad about?” she said, “He had money, family, fame, I mean what more could a person ask for?”

While she did have a point, I still found myself thinking if only you could grasp it. Yes, you are suffering from an illness that you cannot control, but so was he. What do you think of when you think of the word depression? My guess would be sadness, but do you completely grasp the situation? Depression is a medical illness just like any other; it makes your body do things that you don’t want it to do particularly your brain. Severe symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life. It is like a black cloud is following you where ever you go, and no matter how hard you try that grey is always there to greet you at the other side.

It can be easy to some to shake it off as he simply killed himself because he was sad, but like with many other people sadness got the best of him as it gets the best of many people. That word gives many people the simple inclination that he chose to die. Depression truly is a misunderstood condition, and you cannot blame people for not understanding. But, if you could do one thing spread this message around.

Depression is an illness, and it kills millions each year. The figures and analytics may only scream that people died from suicide, but considering that a person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the United States alone, we clearly need to do more to battle the illness. Maybe it is time to hear less of it was his own fault and try to relate more. He was a person who died from depression; he did not choose it.

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