Robin Williams: The Pain and Laughter of Bi-Polar Disorder

Source: USA Today

Source: USA Today

I’m saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams. Of course I don’t know him, but this complete stranger found a way to channel his Bi-Polar and talent into something that made us all laugh, A LOT!

People’s reactions tell me they are not familiar with the mental illness of Bi-Polar. It is a very cruel and mean disorder, it hurts family, friends, and co-workers, but most of all it hurts the person who has this mood disorder.

It doesn’t matter that Robin Williams was successful. Bi-Polar doesn’t care what you do for a living;  add drugs and alcohol to the mix and being successful doesn’t mean anything because when the extreme depressive state of this disorder takes over your mind, it doesn’t allow you to enjoy your life achievements.

Was Robin Williams funny? Of course he was. Sometimes what your watching is his energy from mania (and other things). The average person doesn’t act like that, but again, it’s a great way to channel all that energy and the creativity that only a non-average mind can create. Only a mind that is racing in all sorts of directions can come up with these types of characters in a split second. They go into another world as we watch and laugh (and that’s alright), but once they are off stage and there is no crowd, oh boy! Down, down, down, one goes. I can’t imagine it was fun for his family, and he has stated this.

He has now found peace. It is unfortunate that he has found that peace in the afterlife. I pray for his family and fans of Robin Williams who might be triggered by his passing.
If you need info, here’s a national resource to start with:

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/