The entire country was shocked to learn that Robin Williams had passed away due to suicide, but it wasn’t truly a suicide that had killed him. It was the depression that he suffered from that ended his life so tragically.
Robin Williams was a world-renowned comedian and actor that brought so much joy to the screen in the many roles he played starting back in 1978 when he played Mork on the sitcom “Mork and Mindy”, playing Peter Pan in “Hook”, voicing the Genie in “Aladdin”, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and so many more characters and movies that we have all fallen in love with. Sadly, Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014, due to suicide. Any time someone commits suicide, it is always such a sad shock, especially for someone like Robin Williams who brought so much joy and laughter to everyone.
Was Robin Williams Mentally Unstable?
Although Robin Williams never truly acknowledged suffering from any sort of mood disorder publicly, a representative from his press did state the actor and comedian had been battling severe clinical depression. He was found dead in his home due to hanging at the age of 63. When people hear the word suicide, it often gives them the impression that it was his decision, Suicide is but a symptom of depression just like a pulmonary embolism is a fatal symptom of someone with cancer.
Robin Williams suffered for decades with both depressions and with substance abuse. He often made references to these struggles in his comedy routines. He said once “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you, you are making too much money”. Before his death, he checked himself into a rehabilitation facility for his substance abuse problems and related depression. It is common for those suffering from clinical depression to attempt to self-medicate with substances like drugs and alcohol, but this only compounds both problems in the end.
What is Clinical Depression & What are Some Signs?
Clinical depression is one of the most severe forms of depression. It is not the same as depression that is normally caused by things such as the death of a loved one. No one thing has to cause someone with clinical depression to feel depressed.
NIH reports that in 2018, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States was suicide. It claimed the lives of nearly 49,000 people in that year alone. There are many signs and symptoms of clinical depression, Many of which the late Robin Williams experienced himself and tried his best to hide from the world while making everyone else smile. Some of these signs and symptoms include:
- Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness, sadness, and tearfulness
- Irritability or frustration and even angry outbursts
- Loss of interest in things that once brought great pleasure in their lives.
- Sleep problems such as sleeping too much or even insomnia
- Lack of energy and tiredness. Even small tasks seem out of reach.
- Reduced or increased appetite
- Anxiety and restlessness
- Feelings of worthlessness and self-blame
- Problems with thinking, making decisions, and memory problems
- Frequent ideations of death and suicidal thoughts.
- Body pain like back pain or headaches
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Suicide is a sinister choice because of the lies that depression tells you. When someone suffering from this illness, like Robin Williams, it can tell that person that they are just better off dead or that life will not get any better for them. Unfortunately, all too often people listen to it. Even those as brilliant and accomplished as our Robin Williams. Williams made it his life’s work to bring joy and laughter to others. It is true what they say, the funniest people, the ones making everyone else laugh and smile, are often the saddest ones.
If you or a loved one suffer from addiction or clinical depression, please reach out to Recreate Life Counseling, so our experts can help you onto the path of happiness and sobriety.