Robin Williams, Depression and the Human Condition

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With the tragic death of Robin Williams, it made me think about why people become depressed and how each of our individual actions could help change people's lives for the better...So can you spare 5 minutes?

Just 5 minutes....

In light of the apparent suicide of Robin Williams who had been suffering with depression and anxiety, so many people including myself, will wonder how someone so successful, wealthy and so universally well loved could be depressed? It's so tragic that someone so funny and engaging could feel like they had nothing to live for.

Such is the nature of depression that it arrives with no rhyme or reason.

Perhaps it comes down to the nature of self, that which makes us human. We constantly question our reason for being alive, desperate to attain some distant goal, setting our bench marks higher and higher and failing to reach them, we become more frustrated, more introverted and feel more isolated despite usually having many people around us.

Maybe that is why those who we perceive to have achieved everything- the successful career, family, financial security and universal popularity are ultimately left with only themselves, they have reached these almost unattainable goals and yet still there is some void within that drives them to despair, beyond being satisfied by any material wealth.

The Catch 22, the more someone feels alone the harder it is to be around them so the connections that could be key to helping them, become lost, thus escalating problems further.

It is recognised that to help maintain recovery from depression, connecting with people is very much key. We all, deep down, want to feel connected with others and I think when you feel rejected from life for whatever reasons, it's hard to overcome that loneliness and it becomes easier to shut down.

Being active and being part of something, whether it's spiritually or physically, to be included, to take notice of the people and the world around us, learning from it and sharing with others, it's what so many of us need, but so few of us give.

We've all been guilty of ignoring friends and strangers in difficulty, when if we'd just taken a little more time and had a bit more patience, that brief moment could have changed the persons path to a more positive one instead of pushing them further down a dark road.

If we weren't so wrapped up in self, if we reached out instead of pushing away, if everyone had more compassion and thought twice before walking away, then I think all those moments would add up to a happier existence in this world.

If you took a little time to read this through and even just for 5 minutes it makes you think twice before the next action you take in life, or consider the feelings of the next person you meet for a little longer, then thank you..We can all afford to listen more.

"In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." ~Albert Schweitzer


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Aug 2014 (#)

So well explained. For those like RW, they can feel lost easily as they live in a cocoon and they have achieved everything. The only way is a slippery slope down!

I too feel lost at times but I try to laugh at myself, at my follies, even the insults that I encounter occasionally. And then being grateful to be up and about. I confide that it is no laughing matter as one can feel lonely and worthless in modern times when others have little time. It is better to have some passion outside work and family like music, sports. TV programs and for me now it is staying connected at Wikinut where I feel really valued and hope it stays forever! siva

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author avatar Off the Page
14th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva, I know a lot of people so shocked at Robin Williams passing and know too many people battling with depression. It's too easy to become isolated in this world but we all need to reach out a little more and connect. I'm new to Wikinut and think it's a great forum to share ideas

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
23rd Oct 2014 (#)

thanks for sharing this information

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