robin williams suicide
When you think back on the life of the late Robin Williams, you may remember him as being a brilliant comic, versatile actor, and generous humanitarian. You probably wouldn't think of Williams, who tragically died at the age of 63 from an apparent suicide, as a dementia sufferer.
The actor suffered from Lewy body disease.
It is the 2nd anniversary of Robin Williams' death, and I still miss him. I know, he wasn't a personal friend; I didn't know him in 'real life,' but I loved him. He was out there making magic, for most of my adult life... and several years before that. I miss him.
My wife likes to joke that I have no soul, because I don't cry. She, for the record, weeps at the drop of a hat: during movies, a commercial, while reading... She even cried at the birth of both our children, and seriously, who does that?
The desire to peel away the façade of cheerful wellness that so many people present while they suffer mightily brought Ferris to conceive and edit Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue.
An underlying brain disease may have been the cause of his depression.
Clinical depression is brutal and unrelenting. It's like holding 50-pound weights over your head while standing in quicksand during a thunderstorm. You're stuck. You're weighted down.
I remember laying in bed with her and holding her closely, strange how our roles were reversed as I began caring for her
Celebrities aren't generally the types to linger in the stacks. But that's exactly where I found Robin Williams one day, loitering in the fiction section for over an hour, never picking up a single book.
I'm often asked whether suicide is a "choice," and of course in some literal sense it is. Yet it's a decision profoundly influenced by the hopelessness, distorted thinking, and compromised decision-making that can result from serious mental illnesses.