I feel like I can marginally relate to what Robin Williams went through, so I understand on a somewhat personal level. I have clinical depression, PTSD and epilepsy (15% higher suicide risk than non-epileptics) so I’m well aware I have a suicide cocktail lurking around in my brain. I’ve struggled with thoughts of suicide quite a few times. I keep telling myself that it’s not -me- talking, it’s an imbalance in my brain that is making me think these things. As long as a I have a strong support system and a purpose I’m pretty confident I won’t do anything. Still working on that purpose though.
I say this because I want people to understand how serious depression is. It feels like you’re depressed for no reason when there is, in fact, a very serious reason. People that are afflicted with depression tend to react more deeply to things a non-depressed person may not have even noticed. Being depressed isn’t being ungrateful for the people and things in their lives. Indeed, many are well aware of their blessings and still feel depressed and that is part of the reason why it’s so frustrating, and then you feel guilty for being depressed and that makes you MORE depressed. It’s a vicious cycle. Anyone that doesn’t sympathize with that clearly doesn’t appreciate their own mental health.