Why has Robin Williams' suicide his us so hard?

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Why has Robin Williams' suicide his us so hard?
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Wed, 08-13-2014 - 10:36am

I can't drag myself away from the Robin Williams tributes and new stories and neither can most of my friends and co-workers. We were all talking about it yesterday and most of us think it is because he seemed like he had everything anyone could want so it's shocking to find out he was depressed. I think it really drives home the reality that money and fame aren't the answer to a happy life.

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Registered: 09-16-2002

You said it yourself, it was shocking to find out that Robin Williams was suffering from depression, especially given he was doing a new television show and working on movies.  It just confirms that regardless of how someone might seem in public, who knows what is going on behind closed doors.  Celebrities don't get  much of a private life, and so it's probably even harder for them to open up about problems because they don't want the public viewing them in a different light.  You could not pay me enough to live my life under public scrutiny.  I really liked Robin William's body of work, but could not watch him live because I felt what I was seeing was pure mania, so I could only imagine the depth of his depression.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

.  -Albert Einstein

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Registered: 04-11-2012

I hope that his death sheds more life on mental illness. Not nearly enough is done to help those suffering from severe depression. Since it affects so many people we really need to educate everyone on the signs and symptoms and ways to help.