Remembering Robin Williams….
The world lost an incredible man, and we’re still trying to wrap our heads around this astonishing news. Robin Williams was an actor and comedian of immeasurable talent and magic: He made us laugh just as heartily as he made us cry and, he was a father, and a husband, and our hearts go out to his family. We’re remembering him on the site today and the world is remembering him everywhere. But we would also like to acknowledge the real issue…DEPRESSION!
Of the many expressions of grief and loss we’re hearing after the suicide death of Robin Williams, we’re also hearing a question: how could someone with everything — perhaps one of the most beloved Americans and one of the most loved comics on the planet — have depression?
There are too many who know the answer, but for those who don’t, Here & Now’s Robin Young brings in Dr. Harsh Trivedi, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for Vanderbilt Behavioral Health, to discuss depression, bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression), substance abuse and suicide.
“You owe it to yourself — and you’re worth it — to try and get the help that you need,” Trivedi said.
Interview Highlights: Harsh Trivedi
On bipolar disorder
“Manic depression is another term for bipolar disorder. What happens there, is that you have people who may sometimes experience depression, sometimes may experience euphoria or there might actually be a mix of the two, where they could be experiencing both at the same time.”
On the relationship between mania and creativity
“What we find is, if somebody is just depressed, its a miserable feeling to feel depressed day after day after day. That actually causes people to want to get help and to feel better. The problem is that when someone’s manic, it’s the happiest they’ve ever felt in their lives and part of the difficulty when you help people to get treatment for their bipolar disorder or their manic depression, what ends up happening is you’re basically blunting that really high feeling. A lot of the people that are bipolar, particularly those that are creative, they say, ‘I can’t be myself, I can’t write my music, I can’t be a comedian, I can’t do my acting if I’m not in a somewhat high euphoric state.’ There’s this perception that it also takes away from their creativity.”
On treatment for depression and bipolar disorder
“I think the most important thing to keep in mind here is, there is help available. Depression and manic depression, as well as addiction, those are all diseases that are just as real as heart disease and cancer. Treatment can be effective and you owe it to yourself — and you’re worth it — to try and get the help that you need.”
The Williams family is asking well-wishers to send contributions to charities close to the actor’s heart in lieu of flowers. Suggested organizations includeSt. Jude’s Research Hospital, Challenged Athletes, USO, the Mohammed Ali Parkinson Center, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.
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