Depression. One word is judged so harshly. I am normally upbeat and fun, however last nights news really hit me hard. I have never seen a post of a celebrity death and gasped with an “Oh No”, that is exactly how I responded to Robin Williams death. His films and him have been a part of my life, literally. To me he was that funny distant relative that you never knew personally but felt you knew. To me he will always be Popeye, Mork, Genie, Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams those roles are just iconic Robin Williams. However he also had more serious roles in his career with Good Morning Vietnam, Good Will Hunting, 1 Hour Photo, Dead Poet’s Society and Awakenings. His talent knew no bounds, yet he was suffering with demons only those who know them can understand. I am tearing up as I write this. It’s a bit surreal to be affected by someone’s death you never knew.
I suffer from depression, it’s dark and lonely at times however if treated you can manage it just like any disease. Too many people ignore the signs and it gets to a serious point that you can’t turn back from. Depression can stem from so many things, genetics, trauma, stress and so many other reasons. If you see someone that you think is suffering from depression talk to them and try to get them help. Don’t let those you love suffer and eventually succumb to the darkness that is depression, eventually they will be drowned by the dark place and the demons that come with it. Sadly, Robin was drawn down deep by his depression, and couldn’t find a way out other than ending his own life. Don’t let that happen to those you love, or even those you don’t know!
Don’t wait until it’s too late, or think this will pass. Depression NEEDS to be treated, there is no other way out of it. I have mainly good days, but there are triggers that can turn a day bad, I know how to turn it around and get out of it. So many don’t know how to escape the demon that is depression. Please don’t let yourself or loved ones get caught in the dark depths. If you are reading this, know that you are not alone. And If you need someone to talk to I am here, you may be someone I know or a total stranger. Doesn’t matter, if I can help I will. Always remember no matter what You Are Loved.