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Goodbye Robin Williams

Comedians mask deep sorrow
Comedians mask deep sorrow
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Depression is as serious as death. Those of us who have never fought this demon will not understand the magnitude of such a force.

Mental illness derives itself from stress and depression. No amount of drugs or alcohol irradiates the pain.

People who suffer from severe depression may be at risk of suicide. Although suicide cannot be predicted or prevented with certainty, knowing the warning signs can help you recognize when you or a loved one may be at risk. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to recognize the warning signs, respond immediately, and treat underlying causes of suicide such as depression.

Some warning signs of suicide include the following behaviors:

*Talking about suicide
*Frequently talking about death
*Talking about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless and saying things like, "It would be better if I wasn't here" or "I want out."

Depression symptoms including deep sadness, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, trouble sleeping and eating

Abrupt change of mood, from extreme sadness to happiness or calm

Risk-taking behavior such as driving too fast and recklessly

Calling or visiting people to say goodbye

Putting affairs in order such as making changes to their will

Along with these behaviors, a person is at higher risk of attempting suicide if he or she has ever previously made a suicide attempt, has a chronic or terminal illness, is separated or divorced, is underemployed or unemployed, or has a family history of suicide.

Signs of depression in men may include irritability, anger, or drug and alcohol abuse (substance abuse can also be a cause of depression rather than the result of it). Repressing their feelings can result in violent behavior directed both inwardly and outwardly. It can also result in an increase in illness, suicide, and homicide.

Be especially concerned about depression and suicide if a person exhibits any of these warning signs and has attempted suicide in the past. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20%-50% of people who commit suicide tried before. Resourse: WebMD.com

Robin Williams, a beloved actor and comedian, suffered deeply with a sense of hopelessness to the extreme degree of suicide. He leaves his family with a great sense of loss; being a loved husband and father.

Robin has left the world grieving his departure with such a tragic exit. He has movies coming out this year as his final goodbye. As we weep the loss of a fellow human being of great talent, let us remember the magnificent films he left behind for our entertainment, and the countless hours of laughter he brought into this world.

Let us pray Robins death brings us all aware of the seriousness of clinical depression.

Goodbye Robin Williams. You will be dearly missed.