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Robin Williams

I haven't updated my journal for a year now, wow! But now that I'm back I needed to talk about how I've been feeling since yesterday when I heard about Robin Williams death. I've also been diagnosed with depression, social anxiety and biopolar disorder for years now. Hearing about his suicide has really affected me a lot. He was hilarious as my favorite alien Mork in the 70's TV show "Mork and Mindy" and I followed his career ever since. He was brilliant in every movie I've seen and when I heard the news yesterday I couldn't believe it. I was like, no, no, it can't be true. Stunned and so sad. I knew he suffered from depression and this is the reason why mental health should be taken more seriously. People seem to ignore it or don't have the same compassion like they would for someone who has a physical illness. I've heard really negative things from some people who said he was a coward. Where is the compassion? Yes, depression can be so bad that you can get really overwhelmed. I know, I've felt like that many times. Mental illness does not discriminate. You can be famous and have it. Doesn't matter if you're beautiful (it's amazing that people think how can you be so depressed if you're good looking. Oh, like if you aren't attractive, it would make sense. That is so ignorant). You can be married and have children like Robin had. You could be of any race. I'm African American and there's still a stigma against mental illness in the black community, which is why for many years I felt I was so different in my family and around friends. Black people aren't immune to mental illness. No one is. Well, Robin is gone now and I'll miss him a lot. I feel so bad for his family and they will be in my prayers. RIP Robin, there will never be another brilliant comedian like you.

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alto2
Aug. 14th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I agree completely. I was so upset by the coward comments (and our director declaring to a colleague that "creative people must be chemically imbalanced" yesterday) that I wrote a blog post about how actually, the cowardly thing is to have that much off-the-wall talent and decide that you'll wear the pinstripe suit and be a banker rather than being yourself, because being Robin Williams in our culture is BLOODY HARD. Everywhere you turn there are people who are only too eager to tell you you need to be something else. Saying no to that is what takes immense courage. Idiots.

I have been affected by this news in ways I never could have predicted and still don't understand.
vonnie1019
Aug. 26th, 2014 04:10 am (UTC)
Hey Alto! I'm so sorry I didn't reply to your comment sooner. I haven't been on here since I posted about Robin Williams because I've been so busy. Yes, it's a shame that people say cruel and insensitive comments about someone who suffers from depression and mental illness. Where's the compassion? I just don't understand it. Hopefully people will understand that a person who suffers from depression can be so overwhelmed that they can feel suicidal. It doesn't mean they're a coward. Some think about it but don't do it and then some actually do it and it's just so sad.
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