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The ability to make millions of people laugh at themselves and the world seems to be tied to mental disruption, many times triggered by deep depression. I read a quote recently from a late renowned writer who said that no one ever wrote except to escape deep pain. That seems now to have been true of Robin Williams and his humor.

Depression makes all the world look senseless and ugly. As William Styron wrote, it is darkness, visible. On days when it is at its peak, living with it is like trying to walk around with a one thousand pound weight on the shoulders: it is possible, but seems not to be worth the huge effort. I have traveled far with this dark, dire companion and I am thankful to have survived its entreaties to utter despair and to join it in the unending darkness. Abraham Lincoln, among many others, including one of the early presidents of CNN , a friend, have fought against this drag on existence. We will likely never know the extent of Robin Williams pain in living with this illness, but his suffering has now come to an end. While he was here, he made us smile.

Doug Terry, 7.11.14

The rather strange post below was on The Doctor's Couch, a blog by LIZARDO, MD. Who gives out diagnostic opinions at random over the Internet? Nonetheless, the post has some interesting points. Take em or leave em, as you will. This appears to have been put online in April of this year.

When your life is no longer funny, its hard to figure out who you  are.

Robbin Williams is a 62 year old, American Actor, Voice Actor, and Stand Up Comedian. Robin has brought us great laughs over the last couple of decades. Iconic movies like  Jumangi, Dead Poets Society, Jack, What Dreams May Come, and Good Will Hunting  will forever be etched in our minds and souls. Lets not forget about Mrs. Doubt-fire, a classic with an upcoming part deux. Over the last couple of years, he has made the press on his recent divorce with wife of 20 years, drugs, and trying to sell his iconic home in Napa Valley due to either family and or money trouble. How could someone who had worked in so many great family movies, be in the press for such unwholesome attributes?

Diagnosis:

Psychosis

Psychosis is alternative contact with reality that usually entails false beliefs, and or delusions towards oneself, ones surroundings, and others.

I was recently reading an analysis on a publication from the British Journal of Psychiatry that concluded that comedians are more likely to suffer from psychosis, and or psychiatric illnesses. Psychosis is used as a defense mechanism in order to deal with the attributes of pain. As I swift through the biographies of a couple of my favorite comedians, I realize that many of them have endured a significant obstacle in their lives, and have turned to making people laugh to escape the pain and receive acceptance. One of the main reasons why comedians have a recurrent theme of depression and or addictions in the later stages of their lives, is because the people whom they deflected to by making them laugh, are usually no longer there.

Its unfortunate that Robin Williams life is turning for the worst. Hopefully, he can go to counseling and deal with those inner daemons in his life. That is something Jim Carry had to do many times in order to keep himself and family together. Bernie Mac, and Chris Farley both died of overdoses trying to suppress some inner unresolved conflicts. Its a recurrent theme. Lack of growth in an area, will always catch up with you.

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