The truth that is depression – goodbye Robin Williams

Today we woke up to the news that we have lost a true legend, for yesterday Robin Williams passed away, in what is said to be a probable suicide. Throughout his career Robin Williams has given so much to us, from laughs, to heart warming anecdotes. But in the end he died in sadness and alone.

That is the truth that is depression.

Depression doesn’t care how rich you are, or how popular or famous. It doesn’t care how many friends and family you have, or where you live or who you are. It is totally indiscriminate. And when it hits, none of the above matters either.

It feels like you are totally alone, the words of friends and family can mean nothing. The support and love around you doesn’t even register. Nothing matters. Not fame, nor money, nor even family at times. When you fall into the deepest darkest place that you never even realised existed, it feels like there is no way out. Happiness feels impossible. Life feels hopeless. And sometimes enough is enough and you can’t go on anymore. Depression consumes you. And it becomes you, it defines who you are and how you behave, it taints everything that was ever good. It changes you as a person.

And it changes the way people see you. The way they interact with you and think of you. There isn’t a single inch of your life that isn’t affected by this horrible illness. For the world looking in, it is easy to say ‘get over it’ ‘look on the bright side’ or ‘its really not that bad’, but depression changes the way you think and see things, including yourself.

That is the truth that is depression.

I hope that in death Robin Williams finds the peace he was very obviously lacking in life. I hope his family and friends don’t blame themselves.

RIP Robin, thanks for the memories.


  1. Very sad to hear of his death. There are so many misunderstandings about depression. Let’s hope articles such as this feed into the way society views mental health.
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  2. It’s so incredibly sad. Not only for Robin Williams who was probably one of my favourite actors of all time, but everyone who suffers from depression and can’t fight against it anymore.
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  3. such incredibly sad news, and like you said depression doesn’t care.
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  4. Such sad, sad news – like most other people, I adored him. Depression is an utter bastard of a thing.
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  5. It’s so hard to understand if you haven’t been there I think. I find it so hard to wrap my head around how someone could ever be low enough to do that but I know it happens more often than I can imagine.

    I just find it so so sad.
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  6. I was sad when i heard about his death. it’s so sad…every single time a person dies because of depression or any other reason really. Such a good actor, such a loss…
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  7. Such sad news and the depression was a shock too. It is true that all the money in the world doesn’t stop depression. Very very sad
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  8. I can’t even imagine how alone you must feel to even contemplate leaving a wife and family behind. As you said, it’s not choosy. Too sad x
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  9. I was completely stunned and heart broken when I heard the news yesterday morning. He really was a true legend. I hope that he is now at peace and that his death allows people to talk more about depression and also helps people to understand it better. Sadly, reading some of the comments people have put all over the internet it makes it clear that so many sadly still don’t understand.
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  10. Such sad news and an important reminder that depression is a classless condition x
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  11. It’s really sad news. I hope it will help people understand what depression is and how it can affect anyone.
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  12. Brilliantly written post. Was very sad to hear of his death, he seemed like such a lovely man, I hope he has found peace too x
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  13. The sad truth is that sufferers of depression and many other mental health issues become experts of putting on a brave face and hiding the truth behind the smile, Robin Williams death was a sad indictment of this. And the hidden stigma that is associated.
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