Deep Dark Hole (Rest in Peace, Robin Williams)

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“You’re not alone.”

When you’re suffering from depression, it’s not much of a comfort, those words.  Because when you’re in that kind of pain, you feel that you are alone.  But that’s just what you tell yourself.  Because when all is said and done, it just isn’t true.

See those celebrities on the covers of those magazines in the check-out line?  Most of the time their happiness is an illusion.  To quote REM, “everybody hurts, sometimes”.

Maybe you ask yourself, “if they can succeed even with depression, why can’t I?”  The simple answer is, everyone is different, and unfortunately, every depression is, too.  Just remember that in most cases it’s something that happens to you – you didn’t create it.

But you can fight it.  And that takes courage.  To most it’s a silent, invisible battle, because it all happens in your head.  But it is a battle, make no mistake.  And there are casualties.  Just remember, the world is a better place with you in it.  Don’t give in – fight back.

You will win.  And most likely, you will have to fight again.  And again.
But there is help.  And there are people who care about you who are willing to help.  But it can’t be their decision or even their wish – it has to be yours.

People who suffer from and battle depression most of their lives are some of the bravest people you will ever meet.

You’re not alone.

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By clavius42

2 comments on “Deep Dark Hole (Rest in Peace, Robin Williams)

  1. Sorry to be burst everyone’s touch-feely moment, but I am very angry at Mr. Williams. Not because he suffered from depression, but because he had access to all the means necessary to deal with it. While money may not buy happiness, it can buy you all the treatment in the world.

    Not everyone who fights with depression is so fortunate. Several years ago I was in a VERY dark place. I had lost my job and was on the verge of losing my home. I have about 10-cents to my name and no prospects for any improvement. I had a very long conversation one night with a bottle of whiskey and a large-caliber handgun. I made it through that night without any external resources. I did not have the option to call my doc or check into a “clinic”. And yet I managed to survive.

    So here’s Robin Williams, a success in every measure but still a flawed human being. His family was aware of his issues. His doctor(s) and many close friends we aware. He could reach out any time and get all the support anyone could ever need. And yet he chose the coward’s way out.

    No truer words were ever spoken: “Dyin’s easy – it’s linvin’ that hard”.

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