By now almost everyone has probably heard the sad news that comedian and actor Robin Williams has died of an apparent suicide. It is been said that he battled depression and substance abuse for many years. Depression is non-discriminatory. It affects every race, color, religion. It doesn’t matter how old you are, depression can affect you as a child, in your teens, as a young adult, or even later in life. You are not alone. Many people struggle with this in silence. It affects not only the individual with depression but also their family, friends, and coworkers. If you think you have depression or are depressed, don’t try and fight it alone.


Any number of things can cause depression. Some people are chemically predisposed to have depression and it often runs in families. Depression can also be situational. Major life changes such as moving, new jobs, loss of a job, retirement, divorce, and death can cause depression.


You can have depression and still lead a normal, successful life.  If you had diabetes or heart disease, wouldn’t you go to the doctor to help get that under control? The same is true with depression. Depression and other mental illnesses are less stigmatized than in previous decades, but there is still a stigma attached to it.  We all need to stop looking down on those with depression and start lifting them up to get the help they need.


There are many ways that you can seek help for depression. You can seek counseling, you can seek religious help, you can try medication, or even nontraditional remedies such as hypnosis, acupuncture, or experimental treatments. No matter your age or what the cause of your depression, don’t face it alone. Take it from someone who has dealt with this issue for nearly half their life, it can be managed and you can be happy and free to be successful and enjoy life to the fullest. You just have to take action and not turn in on yourself or go it alone.