Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.
When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.
The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…
But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.
in reference to this post let me clarify some stuff because people have been on my ass nonstop about it
we had a good hour-long discussion about different parts of feminism and stuff, obviously I condensed the conversation… he was genuinely curious and he was asking questions and talking thru it!!!! it was a positive forward-moving conversation
UNRELATED TO THAT we ended up hooking up a couple days later and I thought it was funny because that’s how I met him, because we were both in the common room watching the show
he’s a really nice kid and he’s cute and he wasn’t trying to “play” me and we aren’t dating and if you think I did him as some sort of “reward” please reconsider because that’s wrong
okay? okay! thank you! hope that clarified some !!!
This time last year I was unemployed, broke, and suicidal.
Today, I just got the keys to my first house.
Give it time.
Needed this today
when you hear people preach that it gets better, they aren’t joking. if it’s not better yet, it will be.
Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown.
seeing a hot stranger in public is a blessing
seeing the same hot stranger in public again is a sign
does he even have a ticket
31 August 2014
Lessons from Lizards
Lizards can lose their tails. The idea is that reptile-guzzling predators are distracted by the abandoned appendage while the lizard scarpers to safety. And then the lizard’s tail grows back. This ability to regenerate body parts has long interested scientists, who hope to mimic it in humans. As the most closely related animals to humans (who sometimes regrow lost fingertips) that can regenerate entire body parts we and lizards share the same toolbox of genes for the job. Researchers have now carried out the first genome analysis of tail regeneration in the green anole (pictured), which revealed that during tail regrowth lizards turn on 326 genes, including those involved in embryonic development, response to hormone signals and wound healing. By following the lizard’s genetic recipe for regeneration, then harnessing those genes in humans, it may be possible to regrow new cartilage, muscle or spinal cord in the future.
Written by Nick Kennedy
what’s a pirates favorite letter?
if it’s rrrrrrr i’m going to kill you
you may think its r… but his true love be the C
i fucking hate this website
This might win the ‘literally a gif for everything’ trend
bless this show
bless the fact that this is how cas and kevin first met
Bless the fact that cas called Kevin a hot potato
also kids shouldnt be scared of their parents. theres a difference between “im not gonna do this bad thing because i respect my parents and i dont want to disappoint them” and “im not gonna do this bad thing because im scared of what my parents will do to me if i do”