Archive for August, 2014

In Memory of Robin Williams

Robin_WilliamsOn Monday, August 11, 2014 the world lost a brilliant talented genius …Robin Williams.

A representative for Williams told Entertainment Weekly, “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Shame on the Marin County Sherriff and Coroner’s office for talking about how Williams died and how he was found.

It is less important how Robin Williams died, and more important as to why he died.

Beloved actress Lauren Bacall passed away yesterday and it was not sensationalized how she died.

I love and respect the media and am friends with them, but the media and others have gone way too far on reporting the methods in how that people take their lives.

And we must not forget the children who suffer from depression, whether the cause is a result of bullying or a combination of depression by bullying and mental illness. Every time we lose a child to depression it is also reported how the child succumbed.

The reporting of how a celebrity, a person not in the spotlight or a child succumbs to depression and takes their life is not relevant. It hurts the families even more and gives ideas to others – especially children.

It is far more important to recognize why and to understand their illness.

Robin Williams was fighting severe depression. He is gone and the world is saddened and devastated by his loss.

No one – not even celebrities are immune from this silent illness and its effects.

Major depression is an illness and is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2012, an estimated 16 million U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode, or bout of depressive symptoms, in the past year.

Despite how common the illness is, many people do not understand exactly what it means to have depression and no one talks about it.

We must talk about it. There is no shame in being depressed. The more we talk about it, the more we can help others.

Signs and symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities.
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Anger or irritability
  • Loss of energy
  • Self-loathing
  • Reckless behavior

Some facts about depression:

  • Although major depression can strike people of any age, the median age at onset is 32.5, according to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
  • Depression is more common in women than in men, according to Washington University.
  • Men with depression are more likely than depressed women to abuse alcohol and other substances, according to Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
  • Men’s symptoms of depression may be harder for other people to recognize, and the illness is missed more frequently in men.
  • Men with depression are more likely than women with the condition to commit suicide.
  • Men with depression may go longer without being diagnosed or treated, and so men may develop a more devastating mental health problem.
  • Symptoms of depression extend far beyond feeling sad, and may include: loss of interest and pleasure in normal activities, irritability, agitation or restlessness, lower sex drive, decreased concentration, insomnia or excessive sleeping and chronic fatigue and lethargy, according to Mayo Clinic.


APA Practice Organization Psychologist Locator

The National Association of Free Clinics

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (202) 966-7300

National Institute of Mental Health 1-888-ANXIETY

Mental Health America

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. (866) 615-6464

When in crisis the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Robin Williams was not only a talented, brilliant comedian and actor, he was one of the most caring people. His love for helping children is known to all. He was a true humanitarian.

Robin was a friend to Love Our Children USA and STOMP Out Bullying. We will always remember his generosity, commitment, genius and magic! The world stands together to say farewell to this talented and caring man who died from emotional pain. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Robin Williams.

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