Robin Williams was a genius and it is not like he was in any way more special than others, it is that he had found a way to broadcast his genius in a way that touched the hearts of many. For some of us, he was kind of a mentor or father figure, such were … Read More
Robin Williams was a genius and it is not like he was in any way more special than others, it is that he had found a way to broadcast his genius in a way that touched the hearts of many. For some of us, he was kind of a mentor or father figure, such were his portrayals of that as the teacher in Dead Poets Society (1989) or the psychologist/mentor in Good Will Hunting (1997). Most of all, Robin Williams made us all laugh very much. It is incredibly unfortunate that a man remembered for being so funny ended up taking his own life for a reason we have heard before: depression. Mental illness, it appears hits just about anyone, even money and fame cannot help you from its deadly claws. I have written about mental illness in the past and most specially about the consequences of using chemically based Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It is apparent that Robin William has been a user of these drugs. This is a lesson in an of itself, the dangers of psychotropic drugs should be known and exposed. Perhaps not to go to the extremes that Scientology does with their “Psychiatry is Evil” campaign, but more to understand that there are psychotropic drugs out there that are dangerous, because they can drive people to commit suicide or perhaps worse to kill others around them, such where those mass shootings happening in the war. Psychotropic drugs are dangerous, simply because like other “approved” drugs signed off by health authorities like the Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) do get approved because there is true evil mechanism of double standards and bias as we have those who pass the drugs and those who equally benefit from the sales to these miracle drugs. To this end Scientology has a point, but I am not the type that chooses a extreme. Psychotropic drugs are dangerous because they are simply not safe enough to be used by the public, just as those version or known drugs like Tylenol were once pulled off the shelves, because of the same reason. There is however a major epidemic in the world today, why are there more diagnosis of mental illness? Once can make the case that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) now in version 5, and their predecessors continue to bring more definitions as to what constitutes a mental illness, some of these describe what we have come to known as normal human behaviours. So, if the DSM continues to create diseases and then the drug companies continue to rush miracle drugs to “cure” them, we are going to continue to see tragedies popping up in different forms. Depression is a real state of the mind, it is not the same as being chronically sad. The problem with this is that when we have become accustomed to solve our issues in a quick manner, where is the professional that will solve all of our problems with the most minimum or no participation on our part. Whether it is losing weight, we look for that miracle pill, or quitting cigarettes, we look for that miracle patch. When it comes to mental illness it is the same, we may look for that miracle pill, whether it is Zanax or Prozac, we heard of them on TV. We saw those commercials with the nice green grass, sunny day and “happiness” portrayed, so we seek for the same when going to see a psychiatrist. Our minds are fragile, so they will reach adversely to things we mess it with. Our bodies are not that different, however the point is dealing with mental illness does require huge commitment and participation on our end. Perhaps, it requires we change our habits, or for us to exercise more, or give up drinking, other drugs, or smoking. Of course, none of this is easy as you face depression, however if the individual is not strong enough to do this, like in any other disease then that person requires the serious participation of those they are cared for. All of this is no easy task, but little do people talk about when dealing with mental illness. Aside from the psychotropic drug problem, the recent passing of Robin Williams also teaches us that fame and money does not bring you happiness. Happiness is a much more profound concept, something we – at a certain level – are driven to achieve, no matter how our concept of what happiness has been shaped over the years. Robin Williams has been described as very deeply depressed man, and it is now just a recent occurrence, it has been this way for a quite a while. There are those who will go open on the media and speak with certainly as to what happened to him. There are also those who have called him a coward for taking his own life. I don’t want to do any of this, and I also think for his memory, we should all just keep our mouths shut about talking or trying to investigate the whys. Robin Williams touched a lot of us, through his memories and comedy, we should all remember him for that.