Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On Dead Poets & Talking It Out
If anything good can be said to have come out of yesterday's heartbreaking news, it's that Robin Williams has - once again - got us talking.
Because amid all the well-deserved tributes and expressions of sorrow, people are also talking about depression, and suicide, and the battle so many among us fight each and every day.
A few minutes after John and I heard the news yesterday, he came into my office.
"I want you to know," he said, "That if you ever feel like it's too much, and that you can't go on, you can tell me."
I was a little taken aback, to be honest, since depression isn't really something I struggle with. But then I realized: John doesn't know that. No matter how close you are, or how long you've known someone, you can't really know what's going on inside. The demons they're facing down. The wars they're fighting. Sure, there are symptoms, but at the end of the day we just. don't. know.
And that's why we have talk about it, guys. What's more, that's why we have to ask.
My friend Dr. Andrea Letamendi is both a geek girl and a clinical psychologist, and she had some useful insights on Twitter:
Go ask your loved ones how they're doing today, guys. And remember, like the Bloggess always says: Depression lies.
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