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I honestly didn’t mean to come back so suddenly, but the news from earlier today just hit home very hard and I felt the need to say something to y’all.

Robin Williams Passes Away
Robin Williams passes away today at the relatively young age of 63. The earliest reports so far seem to confirm that it was a suicide by asphyxiation. He had been battling severe depression for quite some time now, and it seems that it ultimately did him in. Robin Williams was one of the first actors who’s career I began to follow as a kid, owing largely to his involvement in Disney’s Aladdin as the Genie.

I remember a story Stephen Spielberg told about when he was filming Schindler’s List. While over in Germany, Robin Williams would call Stephen up every night to tell him a joke because the story of Schindler’s List was so depressing and difficult to film Stephen needed the pick-me-ups.

It’s incredibly sad that Robin ultimately took his own life like this. Depression is, unfortunately, a chemical imbalance in the brain and requires constant treatment and help. The brain, like any other organ in your body, can get sick too, but because it’s not readily visible people often go without treatment for a long time.

Goodbye Robin Williams. You were a talented actor and an amazing comedian. You will be sorely missed.

My Own Battle with Depression
If you remember about 2 years back I took a 6 month hiatus. I mentioned at the time that my health was declining and that I was losing weight at a rapid and unhealthy rate. At the time I was dealing with some very severe mental health issues, which included depression.

Dealing with depression is so frustrating. Sometimes just getting out of bed is an accomplishment. And the stigma associated with it due to people not understanding it’s effects can be even more frustrating. “Just be happy” “Just get up and stop moping!” “You’ve got nothing to be depressed about!” As if it were just that easy...

I, however, was lucky in that I was able to seek out medial help. I eventually got better through medication and therapy. And while occasionally I will have a relapse every now and then, I know that I am ultimately much healthier and happier than I was during that time. I look back on where I was 2 years ago and it’s amazing how different things are now.

Thank You
And one of the things that helped me out were all of the thank you’s from fans. Anonymous people who sent me really sweet messages over the years saying how they were battling depression and that my comics (be it SYAC or brentalfloss or whatever) helped cheer them up and get them through their day. Like I said, sometimes just making it through the day is an amazing accomplishment, and it warms my heart to know that in some small way I was apart of that for some people.

So to any of my fans who either have depression or know someone who does, thank you so much for making it through one more day. Thank you for being here. Thank you for being the awesome and amazingly strong person you are. Depression and other mental health problems are not easy to fight, and they can often make you feel like you’re going it alone. But you are not. You can fight it. And we appreciate the fact that you do and are here with us now. So thank you once again.

If there’s one good thing to come out of Robin Williams’s death, it’s the spreading of awareness of depression and information on how to get help or treatment. Please, please PLEASE, if you have depression or you know someone who does, do whatever you can to seek help. There are a lot of non-profit groups who can assist you if you need help. Speak up to your parents, or your doctor, or your friends. Depression can make it feel like it’s you against the rest of the world, but it really does not have to be that way.
  • Mood: Gloomy
  • Listening to: Friend Like Me
  • Watching: Jumanji
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well said! I hate that you have gone through depression. Most artists I know have the same problem,in different degrees myself included. I think most artists are very sensitive, and things get to them more than others, and like comedians are very good at masking it, which puts one in a sticky situation. Prayers for all those who are in that place. We all need prayers!
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not to be mean or rude but fuck you.
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greenchucka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Artist
It's true, suicide is a choice, but remember that when you are dealing with depression your brain does not function normally. You have no idea what a depressed person's thinking process is. To them, suicide may seem like the only way out of all their suffering. To see Robin Williams take his own life is an extremely sad thing because he could have had the help had he just sought it. Take it from me; I have been dealing with depression for a long while and it takes over your whole life to a point where you feel like no one else understands you because they all seem so happy. I wish we could get rid of the stigma surrounding depression and the idea that if you have it, you are a failure.

Anyway, go troll somewhere else.
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KMsandwich Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Goodbye robbin... QnQ
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iRexosaur Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I was with my grandparents when it was announced on the news. They were surprised since he seemed so happy and my dad, uncle and I (the three of us suffer from depression) had to explain how depression works.

Your comics brighten my day, seeing you fight for basic humans rights brightens my day, having someone who shares the same "crazy" opinions as me ("Frozen isn't the greatest thing ever") makes my day better. Knowing a decent human being like you exists makes my day better. Sorry if it seems creepy.
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DeathSkull78 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I need him back!
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Garasu-Risuto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why, Robin, why? Artimist - Puppy Eyes / teary eyes 
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CreatureCre8tr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Writer
Your words are beautiful and have touched my Immortal Soul. Thank YouMiuna Crying Icon SpongeBob (Cries) Jake crying plz Pikachu crying plz Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon 1 Remember Captain Robin 
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ScarletQuill Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I submitted your note to my gallery.
I've only known and enjoyed your work for a short time but,,,
Well, thank you for all you do and continue to share :D
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TFPMiko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student
He will be missed.
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ravincat101 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I miss him my self
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cutelittlevampire234 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF HIM WAS HOOK
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Daemonic-Neko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My uncle loved Hook too...I wish we could have done something...
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done Tom - you (and others) are "letting the Genie out of the bottle" - depression is nothing to be ashamed of - its something to be accepted and worked - by all; those that have and those that care to help!! :iconclapplz:
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sca-re-bul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Sunlight is often a cure for depression. Many people feel lost, and gloomy....in Plato's Allegory of the cave, a message was sent....Come out into the light!
I hope this message helps. 
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Meta-Knight-Star-22 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I won't even care if Disney makes another Aladdin sequel, as Williams is the only one to voice the Genie.
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Xemylixa Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Too bad I didn't quite know who he was until a month ago or so. Only saw his three interviews on Craig Ferguson's show (yeah, I'm slow) and loved them. In fact, I only watched one of them on August 11 and the next day the terrible news arrived... It was like something dear slipping right through my fingers, I wouldn't like to feel anything like that any time soon.

Horrible as it is, the fact that that got people interested in what depression really is can make this world a little better. Sad that things like that sometimes take a sacrifice.

I've been feeling somewhat gloomy recently myself: I failed my entering exams in a uni and therefore lost a milestone I'd been seeing before me. I've been too used to the idea of working all the time, apparently... I saw that my meaning of life was behind me now, and what lay ahead was boredom, because I couldn't think of a meaning of my own. (No suicidal thoughts, thank God, just apathy.) But the news about Mr. Williams woke me up from these musings, and I saw what they might eventually do to a person, including myself. I desperately hope none of my family or friends (or major celebrity crushes) ever succumbs to anything like what he went through. And I'll do my best to make my own life worthwhile from now on.
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TMNTShoujo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I will miss Robin Williams. I loved his acting, and he was my top favorite actor. I saw this journal entry on one of mine, and I had to comment. I feel sad. :( I hope he's in a better place, too.
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erinrockslikerok Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Im watching alladin. I hope mr.williams is in a better place
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alexapop4 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
It's a shame and really hard to believe that Robin Williams is gone..
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RainbowFay Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very sad that Robin Williams is physically gone. I'll miss him. It was depression and Parkinsons that caused and drove him towards death. But I've also been told by someone who said he suffered from having multiple personalities. So it was many things he suffered from greatly. I just don't understand how cruel people are to judge someone who committed suicide. It isn't right. It's a choice for someone who chooses to die. Especially if they're suffering from something that no one can bare for long.:(
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've heard something (maybe just speculation) that Robin was also struggling with the onset of Parkinson's.  That can cause  depression in itself - not to mention killing his career.  So he was laboring with a one-two punch, if not worse.  It strikes me as a small miracle that he lasted this long!

One of his greatest moments IMO was during an interview with Dick Cavett (who also fought against severe depression) when both of them started chatting away in Elizabethan English.  Amazing! 
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Life will never be the same without Robin.  He brought us all joy and now our laughter rings hollowly because he is gone!  I battle depression as well.  As far back as I can remember.  Hang in there.  Kick and scream, raise hell, but don't give up!  We love you dude! 
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mikichihiro Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sad and at the same time inspiring in its own way thank you for sharing your thoughts and story :)
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ivylanezip Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i am pretty sad to about this.
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sashun08 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I'm gonna miss the guy who portrays the role as a doctor in "Awakenings" and "Patch Adams" and of course the role of Psychologist in " Goodwill Hunting" These are my faves! T-T
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Iggys-little-sister Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I completely agree with you. His death will show people that don't seem to care about depression that it is not just something you can say "Oh, well they'll be fine in a day or two" to and ignore the person's need for help. Depression is serious and with this shows it.

As for Robin Williams, he will be greatly missed. He was my idol and my friend (even though I never met him) for as long as I can remember. When my parents fought, he was there to make me smile. He's the reason that my friends and I want to make it our job to make people laugh when they're feeling sad - that we believe the least thing we can do to thank him for his years of comedy and amazing movies is to make people smile and feel better.. even if they don't have depression, but just something bad that has happened in their lives.

Thank you Robin Williams, for your movies that practically influenced me to be the funny girl that I am today, and thank you for being a part of my childhood. Remember Captain Robin Heart 
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Everyone is so sad robin Williams died.but on that same day, 22,000 children died of poverty.not a single teer was shed.
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DormLifeOffice Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Because, you ignoramus, many of us grew up with a Robin Williams. He was our childhood, deep in our hearts. He was practically family and loved by many, so the fact he took his own life is sad, because he gave so many people hope yet he couldn't find his own. Your comment is like if your own mother died and your friend says to you 'stop being sad, today 22,000 children died of poverty not a single tear shed'. Grow up.
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Im just saying, since the news keeps going on and on and on and on about it, days after it happened while so many people still suffer and die.now, i am sad about his passing, but shouldn't we be focused on real problems? Also, Maya angelou didn't receive this much grief on her passing and she did more than robin Williams
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DormLifeOffice Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't even know who Maya Angelou is, and my next guess is your reply, if you do reply that is, will shame me for not knowing this random celebrity, that is if she was one.
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Your pretty much right.except she wasn't a celebrity, she was a woman's rights and civil rights activist, who help end segregation. Look it up.she didn't receive this much tribute when she passed. Yet an actor receives more
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Source?
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Global issue's and jason unruhe. Also i feel like mentioning nobody was this upset when maya angelou passed away
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you'd be wrong there. Lots of people were upset about Maya Angelou. But comparing peoples deaths and societal interests is a very shallow thing to do and does a great disservice to the people so... Don't do that please.
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bonecrusher56 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I know lots were sad, but i didn't news network day after day reporting on her death. Nor did i see as many pieces of artwork (not saying there aren't. Because there are pieces of artwork for maya, but not as many. )
I also didn't see so many YouTubers coming making video's for her.and if there are more than a few none of them were trending. Also, im just saying that when thousands day per day, people don't care.but if a famous person dies it's a different story (for different reasons i know this, but im just saying)
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DoTheDinosaur24 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was in severe depression last week:(...
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Kianturada Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014
I currently battle a severe depression myself, so when I heard about the suicide my heart sank a bit. Robin Williams was one of my favorite actors, ever. His movies always cheered me up.

Now what scares me about this story is that he committed suicide. Now, I have heard my therapists throw the word around for me, but I never did have the suicidal thoughts. No, the cause of my depression is chemical imbalances with a pit of seething rage towards humanity for what some of the kids at school did, and for the way I was treated at home and at school. I have a palsy, so I couldn't do things like other people, and occasionally my left arm and leg would do stupid things. In school, kids would act like I was retarded for what was a physical problem, insulting me to my face as if I wouldn't know what they were saying, taking my things, vandalizing my artwork, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. I would come home every day finally mentally drained, and my grandmother would tell me to just straighten up, would say I'm just being overdramatic about a couple of things said, and that I was probably making some of my problems up to get attention. Then, in my 8th grade year, I told my grandmother I wanted to go into cartooning and graphic design. She hasn't treated me like a star child since, she acts as if I want to do nothing with my life. 
Because my mom was struggling with her own severe mental health problems (such as dissociative disorder, agoraphobia, and manic depression) I didn't have much support, nor did I have many friends. Mom finally talked me into getting therapy once I got to where I was struggling to just get out of bed though. 
Then came the medicine. I was listless, and apathetic over everything and anything, and didn't care if I woke up the next day or not. Time that passed meant nothing, and the only thing that ever gave me much reason to stay awake was drawing, albeit in class because I just did not want to be in school anymore. I didn't care how important an education was. But after I started taking the medicine, I went slightly out of my mind. Without the chemical depression numbing it as much, I got vicious. I would chase down people for taking my things threatening to beat them black and blue, got into a fist fight with a friend. I even told mom I was going to find a way to bring one of my grandfather's guns to school if it didn't stop. I had to be moved to an alternative school eventually, and was taken off the antidepressants. It turned out that because things got so stressful, I just started wanting to give up and do everything to make it stop, even shutting myself down, and the depression had me take the quieter route. 
Now I've finally graduated, though my depression has yet again taken a turn for the worse. I've gotten back to therapy, and I am on antidepressants again. Luckily, this time the therapist thought to address what might be causing the rage to help me grow strong enough to not take the route I did before. I'm just afraid of what might happen down either path if I get even worse.

And I'm sure Robin dealt with worse on the depression scale, having money problems and likely a lot of pressure on him. I hope wherever his spirit went, he's doing a lot better. 
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DoTheDinosaur24 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I felt suicidal thoughts sadly sometimes(not anymore thankfully,) but that's because I hate myself.no probs with school...it was like having2 minds,one that bullied me,and one that just tried to live.(get better soon as well)
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theultimatefangirl3 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
I was very sad when few sites and I know what is like at the beginning of depression. At one point not to long ago, actually two months ago, I was starting to go into depression. And let me say, it stinks. Although I didn't need therapy or anything yet, I was so close to. I had suicidal thoughts, and at one point, I almost committed suicide. I eventually talked to my mom about it. It was hard because one of the reasons I was depressed was because people teased me when I tried to express myself. That or I was never listened to. So this journal speaks to me and I hope everyone else who is depressed gets help. And may Robin Williams rest in peace. I also got your getting better.
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plos1299 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Made a journal about it too *sniff*
Please read it if you have the time....

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LilacMistTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love his movies.
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Arya-Sobel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Holy shit I love you. And *sniff* Robin. Also.... just so fahking touching. Most people wouldn't know because of my generally happy, pumped, excited(and sometimes flirty) behavior.... but I can be really depressed.
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bambiiino Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student General Artist
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I understand where you're coming from and it is a great loss. He was a terrific man who suffered a great deal, but think about it this way. If it was someone else who was not famous then no one would really care that much. That's what makes me mad with our society today. People only care when the famous and well known people die. If you're going to stand up for something then do it because someone you knew died not only because a man who was famous died. I mean come on.
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QuietOne1973 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I think it was more the fact that many people grew up with this person and he was always making people laugh.  The fact that we shared tears as well as laughter enjoying his movies and tv shows is what makes it so shocking.  His career spanned from the late 70s to 2014.  Thats quite an impressive resume, and a selfish part of me says he should have stayed forever just for my own personal enjoyment.  I too suffer from depression and it really scares the hell out of me that someone who has battle drug and alcohol addiction could go out like that.  Not a glamorous way to die, nor is any way for that matter.  Its just so sad that when people get depressed they cut off the world and lock themselves in a dark room, which is the worst thing on earth you can do.  So many musicians and performers battle stage fright and anxiety after lengthy hiatuses from work.  When you are successful from an early age it just makes it that much more difficult as one puts that much more pressure upon themselves.  Its just so hard to grasp that he is no longer with us.
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bambiiino Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, I understand that. I mean hell, I went through depression as well but do you see where I'm coming from? When someone famous dies it's more of an issue than someone in your community (Not in all cases). I understand that he was well known and very loved I just don't like when people make such a big issue about one thing but not another.
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QuietOne1973 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
The media is evil and will always focus on what sells.  Lauren Bacall died on Tuesday of old age, but that's a "boring" way to go so the media just barely made a foot note of it.  I just think that Robin Williams' passing was quite unexpected.  Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a biggie as well as River Phoenix for me. 
 
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