Robin Williams on Depression | [QUOTES]

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I’ve noticed this post gets hits everyday so I thought it’d be worthwhile to repost it.

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“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.”

-Robin Williams

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15 thoughts on “Robin Williams on Depression | [QUOTES]

      1. I can’t imagine and I can’t fathom how horrible is it for him to be trapped in all those agony while plastering a smile on his face. When his news came out, people were saying how they understand and know how it feels, they shouldn’t have make that kind of statements. Even you have depression, it’s different for everyone and you can never say you understand what the person is going though.

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      2. I agree with you. In fact, to some extent saying ‘I understand” is a way to shut down the feelings that it takes to make that final choice. I think it’s a defense mechanism but I also think that it is part of the dynamic that drives the stigma again the mentally ill. By that I mean that we tend to normalize the mal-treatment of people who are “not us” — another aspect of the institutional nature of the stigma is that we are shown in our media what “is us” and what people “like us” look like. The ability to mimic these images signifies that we have achieved one of the ways we define success; which is the ability to afford the kind of refined appearance that comes from having the time and the money to spend on it. In the delusional world of normalized stigma the victims are also to blame and any attempt they may make to stake a claim on resources, if only in the name of humanity is treated as an outrageous imposition motivated by envy.

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      1. I know. It’s a very sad thing to consider. His movies were fun and joyful but sometimes that kind of thing can hide a condition we are not aware of, like a compensation somehow. I’m very glad for the legacy of his work in movies.

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