Rest in Peace Robin Williams
By now, you have already heard the news that Robin Williams died of an apparent suicide. Before I go any further, if you find your self considering suicide, please stop reading and immediately call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Here are my thoughts on depression.
As a society, I think we need to remove the shame from depression, addiction, and mental illness so we can effectively implement the help and healing needed. Telling people they shouldn’t “feel” this way or that way, or shouldn’t abuse alcohol or drugs, does not work. I think shame or guilt ends the conversation where it should be beginning. And I think that for many who are on medications to help combat depression, only leads to further issues without helping to resolve the root of the problem.
Every single person and every single client I have worked with is unique. There is no one size fits all cure, especially when it comes to depression and healing. Because we are unique, it is essential that we recognize that each of us have something very special to offer ourselves, our families, our community and the world at large. But when one is depressed it is very difficult to see through the clutter of every day stress, strife, grief, and very often we feel like a web is cast over not letting you break through.
It’s not as simple as saying, “get over it” or “stop feeling” a certain way. It’s a process that requires time, trust, and the right partner to work you through the process.
If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot, hang on tight, and please call Linda Darin at 914-500-3712 and schedule a meeting. All of the sessions are confidential and she will help guide you through to healing, peace, and comfort. Please know that it takes time, change won’t happen overnight, but you can and will get better with the right counselor for your depression.