To all that don’t understand how someone as rich, successful, and loved as Robin Williams could kill himself, I’d just like to politely and respectfully remind you that depression and other mental illnesses are medical conditions.
They are diseases.
And sometimes diseases are terminal.
Scientists and doctors can see the proof and effects of mental illness using PET scans and SPECT scans of the brain.
This is real.
No one ever asks why a rich, successful person gets cancer, or diabetes, or Alzheimer’s.
You never hear, “But your life is awesome! What’s so bad that you have cancer about it?”
Or, “Why don’t you just pick yourself up start acting a little less diabetic?”
Now, I don’t really expect that Robin’s death or even this short essay will cause major changes in how the mentally ill are treated or viewed. But I hope we can all start having conversations about it.
That’s how ideas and information spread sometimes, one person at a time.