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.

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All I wish is that I could have stayed in bed and cuddled with the dogs through the rain. One side always wants what the other has!

misterandry:

why are people still getting pressed about baristas spelling their name wrong

This.

Half the people who complain have weird names or weird spellings that no normal person should ever be expected to know.

valomqar:

d&d is now a verb. also stands for desolation & disappointment.

Can we just go back to the day when D&D meant Dungeons and Dragons?

I also don’t like that tw stands for both Teen Wolf and Trigger Warning.

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Bath day is the hardest day.

Bath day is the hardest day.

I think you need to find this pattern. Then I will pay you to make me a dress. Then I will wear it when I eat IHOP.

I think you need to find this pattern. Then I will pay you to make me a dress. Then I will wear it when I eat IHOP.

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alexiorsay:

ppl are always like “no game is perfect you can’t please EVERYbody” but when was the last time you heard a motherfucker complain about portal

Portal made me have to think. FUCK that game.

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royaltyspeaking:

How to tell if it was a gunshot or fireworks: gunshots don’t echo, fireworks do. 

thaNK YOU SO MUCH

the fact that anyone might commonly need to know this terrifies me

clearly you’re not from america

Just. Fucking. Stop.

I’m from America. I live in an open carry and conceal carry state. I didn’t know this. I have not seen or heard a gun shot outside of a shooting range, including my own.

Stop perpetuating that America is just full of gun slinging outlaws and no streets are safe.

This shit just fucking makes me mad.

Oh yeah, also it’s incorrect. In fact, many people have said the complete opposite.

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glowcloud:

i love the Women Against Feminism that are like “I dont need feminism because i can admit i need my husband to open a jar for me and thats ok!” cause listen 1. get a towel 2. get the towel damp 3. put it on the lid and twist. BAM now men are completely useless. you, too, can open a jar. time to get a divorce

I also don’t understand how asking someone for help is anti-feminist. Being a feminist doesn’t automatically make me physically stronger than I am.

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