Robin Williams

StrayCat 15 19.1k 3 Canada
15 Aug 2014 4:35PM

Quote:I feel that anyone who has depression, has had depression (or any other sort of debilitating illness, mental or otherwise) or has had to watch someone they love go through it, and speaks out about it ... well, they're incredibly brave in my eyes. 'Brave' is an inadequate word, but it's the only one I can think of at the moment.

I have known many people personally who have taken their own life, and not one of them talked about it, or gave any indication they were struggling with depression or anxiety. It seems they suffer internally, and don't share their pain, maybe that's some sort of key, but how would you know? I can't ever remember having problems and not mentioning them, at least to my wife, and she has always been very outgoing about things also. Our 8 year old grand daughter picks up on the slightest differences in any of her close family's lack of well-being, we can't hide anything from her, she senses something's not right in the blink of an eye, and she'll ask about it. I've never known a more considerate person, I hope it doesn't become a burden for her later in life.

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TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2014 5:22PM
In my experience, it's the ones who don't talk about it that are more likely to do it, unfortunately. It's so sad, because by talking about things and allowing others to help, in whatever small way they can, is often the difference between life and death ... literally Sad

And yes, kids are incredibly astute and sensitive sometimes. Being empathic like that is hard, for any age - and by hard, I mean that in order to see and feel someone else's pain you need to take it into yourself a little and share it; and that in itself is hard. But empathy is never a burden for those who care ... it's part of loving and giving and being human.
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
15 Aug 2014 7:36PM

And you can all draw your own conclusions as to why I've been so quiet of late......Ho Hum Smile
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
15 Aug 2014 8:15PM
I could add my own bit as well, but I won`t Smile
Terry L 16 609 5 England
15 Aug 2014 9:20PM
Make that plus one moreSmile
collywobles 15 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 8:55AM
Depression is something you struggle with on your own thinking no-one cares, but do not realise how much it hurts others especially your closest!
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
16 Aug 2014 9:28PM

Quote:Depression is something you struggle with on your own thinking no-one cares, but do not realise how much it hurts others especially your closest!

Often its is those that are closest to you that are the most clueless, you don`t want to burden others with your problems, especially with those that are very close.

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