Port Charlotte Suicide Rate Top 5 in Florida
2013 Florida Stats on Suicide:Suicide TOTAL WHITE BLACK OTHER MALE FEMALE Suicide# 2,892 2,648 156 80 2,206 686
Was Robin Williams bipolar or was he depressed? He would be the first to admit, he never had a clinical diagnosis for it. Yet in the next breath say, “OH sure I get bummed.” He brought so much joy to us all. Yet, he suffered for years with depression.
We acknowledge Williams himself has never stated, to our knowledge, that he had been formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression. Yet given his behaviors and symptoms, it seems far more likely he suffered from bipolar disorder — of which depression is a very significant component. News accounts saying he suffered from depression don’t appear to be substantiated by Williams’ own statements on the issue.
Triggers = Illness = Risk = Help or Suicide
Robin Williams succumbed to his years of undiagnosed mental illness and depression illness on Monday August 11th.
I personally don’t believe in the term “committed” or “made choice” to end his or our life via SUICIDE. I think it adds to the fear and misinformation of mental illness/health disorders. You can’t commit cancer or commit debates, they are illnesses and mental “illness”… Therefore, I believe you cannot “commit mental illness.” There are many complex factors that go into pushing the mind over the edge of reality, making you think the world is better off with out you. In the days to come, we will hear TRIGGERS like money troubles, compounding his anguish over drug or alcohol (substance abuse) relapses and/or medical conditions. These triggers cause depression and SHOULD NOT BE CHALKED UP AS SOME light issues… One match can trigger a forest fire, burning thousands or acres or trees and woodlands and homes and anything in its way…just by lighting 1 match and tossing it on grass!
I look at it as: Robin Williams’ illness finally won out, and not “committed suicide.” I do believe, we pay the consequences for our actions we take while in a “mental fog,” Whether that is psychosis based or chemically based or drug induced. We should be held accountable ultimately even with our own life or death.
Speaking from the point of view of someone who has be at the edges of my own life’s end and multiple times, even jumping off and being saved a few times…only to try again until I got HELP…I can tell you, yes life is gorgeous and beautiful when you’re balanced! For years I dealt with suicidal idealization and suicidal behavior – it was not who I am, it was my “illness,” and it was trying to kill me and almost did; till I got help.
As we say good bye, remember one thing… Shazbot!