Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.
When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.
The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…
But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.” —
FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DEPRESSION REALLY IS.
THIS IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ
And I’m fucking crying(via jupitersmoonsfw)
Oh, I’m glad it was okay and kind of made sense (I hope!). I was worried that you might think I was talking directly to you and being rude. That wasn’t my intention at all. I just get so bloody angry when people live in a microcosm and don’t pay attention to the larger issues, you know?
I feel like I’ve rambled and not said half the things I wanted to. I find it difficult when it’s a subject close to my heart. Sometimes it’s hard not to just get impossibly angry about the ridiculous accusations people throw out when everyone lives in a world where men come first and then get butthurt when a woman points it out or refuses them.
Sorry. I blurted.
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Lots of tea!
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Well, sleep and lots of fluids almost always helps, so that sounds good so far. And I’m sure there will be plenty of TLC. Hope she feels better soon!
Thank you, ladies! She’s sleeping now, which is probably the best thing for her. In fact, all my kittens are currently asleep.
*runs rampant through the apartment but very quietly so as not to wake anyone up*
Misandry? You mean that thing that doesn’t exist and has been created specifically BY men FOR men so that they can imagine themselves hard done by in the world?
I’m having difficulty seeing how that relates to Hook and/or Captain Swan, however. Can you explain what you mean a bit more to me? :)