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.
- Current Mood: depressed