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The official coroner's report on the death of Robin Williams confirms that he did not have illicit drugs or heavy amounts of alcohol in his system on the night he committed suicide in his California home. The comedian, actor, and philanthropist had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and a long struggle with depression and possibly other, related mental illnesses.
Depression is s significant debilitating disorder that can leave a person in a state of not wishing to do anything at all, feeling completely hopeless and feeling a complete loss of self-worth. Many with severe depression have suicidal ideation over a period of years and at some point, feel the world is better off without them and act on their perceptions. These decisions are rarely spontaneous, but are usually relatively well thought out.
In Williams' case, a full medical history is not public, but reports indicate he may have suffered from bi-polar disorder. When combined with chronic depression or major depressive disorder, bi-polar disorder can be fatal as the two are often comorbid.
While we may never know the details of Robin Williams' suffering, we do know that he did not use drugs, alcohol, or other chemical means to sedate himself into suicide. Instead, he suffered silently, without much support. That lesson is important for the rest of us as we recall his laughter and humanity. Williams died because he did not believe he had a reason to keep on living. Most who suffer from depression can relate and know that it's the friends, family, and caregivers who make all the difference. Without them, death is almost certain.
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