Re: “Bring mood disorders into the light” (Patrick O’Callahan column, 8-24).
Robin Williams’ death is relevant precisely for the reasons stated by Patrick O’Callahan. He reminds the reader that “mental” illness is indeed private, therefore cannot be seen, and also that Williams’ celebrity speaks loudly.
We need to remember that, like any other illness, it needs to be treated. Often this can begin with the lay person simply offering caring words or thoughts.
Symptoms of depression are made exponentially worse by demands that we progress through every moment in a state of “happy” and “good,” a thought often relayed …