Monthly Archives: August 2014

Deeper Levels of Stigma

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This is a very good point. I find it fascinating in a sad way that somehow, Robin Williams appears to have felt that it was something he could not cope with (Parkinson’s, I mean) but Michael J Fox has managed to do The Good Wife and other projects for years. Of course, they had completely different styles. I have no idea what it’s like to have Parkisnon’s and can’t judge this at all. I”m just sorry that Robin W. felt he had to depart this odd world…

Unstrange Mind

Robin Williams and Michael J. FoxSince you’re on the internet, you’ve already heard the latest news — Robin Williams’ wife announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He hadn’t wanted to announce it publically yet. He had not returned to drug or alcohol use. He was deeply depressed because of the Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The responses I saw, just in the first hour after learning this new information, revealed to me that there is a deeper level of stigma than mental illness. When all we knew was that Robin Williams had succeeded at suicide and that he had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and that he had spoken openly about depression and mania, there was an outpouring of compassion about the pain of depression. A few people aside, people were talking with compassion about depression. People were sharing phone numbers of hotlines. People were telling one another to be there for their…

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