The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."
Then came the Robin Williams news, and a profound sadness as I pictured him in his final moments, believing that the darkness of the world was too much to bear. He gave me hours of happiness for so many years. The least I could do to repay him is to not let his tragic death be in vain.
Let's see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That's literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.
It has been 15 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed drug companies to advertise prescription-only medications directly to consumers. Here is a selection of ads for antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, spanning the late 1960s to the current year.
Untimely death happens so that the humans left behind might take another, fresher look at their lives, experience renewed appreciation for the gift they can still claim, and become a bit more thankful, a bit more humble.
Saying goodbye to someone you're close to is tough and when you're struggling with depression, it can seem like the end of the world. Especially, when you hold that person on such a high pedestal that you attribute most of your success directly to their impact on your life.
That there is something inherent in the person to be found there -- in mental illness and addiction -- is received wisdom, not empirical fact. The belief derives from the assumption that these phenomena are medical diseases.