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.
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'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.
The concept that mental illness is a disease which twists reality and affects the way one thinks, perceives and remembers is one that is not often discussed. Blame towards the victim and a lack of understanding is what keeps so many alone with their secrets.
Williams killed himself at his home near San Francisco on Aug. 11 at the age of 63. He had been battling severe depression
"You showed not only me, but the whole world, that it’s okay to be different -- and that the power of humor can change lives
A Butterfly Effect of the Life and Death of Robin Williams: Compassion as a New Christian Response to Suicide
The butterfly effect here is that this later-life suicide of one struggling person set in motion a public response including character attacks that, in turn, by extension, feel like an attack on all of us who struggle to stay sober and alive each day.