you know you’re fucked when those late night thoughts start hitting you in the middle of the day
the worst thing you can say to someone is ‘you’re too sensitive’ because that’s basically saying ‘you feel things more deeply and fully than I do and this inconveniences me because now I have to be more mindful of my own actions’
you’re not too sensitive, the world is just callous and stubborn. sensitivity doesn’t make you weak and callousness doesn’t make you strong.
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.This keeps circling around the Internet and I think it’s inherently doing more bad than good particularly on site which already romanticises and idolises suicide and depression, myself included.
I know I am not alone when I say I have contemplated suicide on a regular basis.. (And I am still in firm belief that I will not die of old age and that I have always had a feeling of a suicidal predisposition)
I am, however, acutely aware of how mental illness is displayed on this site as a kitschy personal attribute and to understand sadness and life, one must have first hand experience with depression. Which personally seems idiotic.
Keeping people aware and properly informed about any illness is the only way to dissolve the stigma surrounding it and of course I was devastated to hear of Robin Williams death, the man was responsible for at least 80% of my favourite movies but why is his passing not classified as a suicide? I think people are having a harder time understanding why someone of such status could take their life. I don’t disagree that people suffer with depression just like any other disease but he chose to die. It was a choice that he, alone, decided on. Please don’t appropriate suicide, there are already far too many impressionable people on social media sites. People need to understand suicide is a choice but they have the power of choice to live.
I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy
because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless
and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.