You Can Be Very Successful and Still Be Depressed

The day after news broke that actor Robin Williams died by suicide, a local TV news station interviewed me about my personal experience living with depression. (I like to say “living with depression” because you can still manage it and have a quality life.) Most of the responses to my interview have been positive and encouraging. I received an email from someone I knew from high school. She sang my praises of professional and personal success, especially since I was a black woman raised in East Oakland. She suggested that when I’m depressed to remember the women around the world less fortunate than I am who would give their right arm to have my life because of my achievements. ...more
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Today I'm none the worse after wrestling with restlessness and wordlessness for a few days.  Oh, what a mouthful!  I'm trying to make up for lost time.  I mustn't be too gleeful. I could be sent back into my silence in a nano second. You know how these things can happen....more

Jenee Darden Speaks about Robin Williams' Suicide and Living with Depression

Jenee Darden, who blogs at Cocoa Fly, was interviewed on camera by her local TV news station about her thoughts about Robin Williams' death and her own experience living with depression. ...more
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A post that I feel like I need to write, but I don't really want to read.

I know that I just posted Sunday evening, guys.But so much has happened. Robin Williams killed himself.And I am so sad and so angry about it.Everyone is writing about mental illness awareness and reaching out to people when you feel the darkness and/or the monsters creep up your spine.I know this feeling, most severely depressed people know this feeling.It’s terrifying in its familiarity....more

It's All Selfish {Down the Rabbit Hole}

One thing I am so tired of seeing lately is about how selfish it was for Robin Williams to commit suicide....more

Genie is Free

What a sad day. I grew up with Robin Williams. Mork and Mindy was one of our favorite shows. We looked forward to it because we knew we would belly laugh at least once... "Nan Nu Nan Nu!"To imagine now that this man, who was so extremely talented, could have been so troubled as to kill himself is heartbreaking. So many are touched by this tragic news. My daughter is in Disney World as we speak and her reaction was classic."Mom, it is so sad to have the Genie die while you're at Disney."...more

Zelda Williams, I Lost My Dad to Suicide, Too

“I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” Sitting at my desk at work, I read the words on my computer from Zelda, Robin Williams’ daughter,  who tweeted about his death. For some reason I decided to look at the clock, I wanted to know what time it was... 8:38 AM. I lasted a little over 12 hours after hearing the news before it finally hit me. The night before, Trey had given me a hug and asked if I was okay. I said yes, which was true at the time but now it was different. Now I was not okay. “I love you. I miss you. I’ll try to keep looking up.” ...more
Thank you for writing and sharing this post.  Undiagnosed mental health problems plague families ...more

The Death of Robin Williams, And What Suicide Isn't

I was coming home from a long day of working when I saw the news on Twitter. Today, probably sometime this morning, Robin Williams, beloved American actor, passed away in his California home. The coroner suspects that he committed suicide, probably from asphyxiation. ...more
So good of you to write this very good article! So true.  Let's just mourn the loss of this ...more