It’s an odd analogy, but follow along: depression eats away at its victims, like cancer, slowly withering away both body and soul. Neither are preventable. Both are life-changing, if not deadly.
None of the fame or riches of Robin Williams, the comedic genius of television, film and stage, were able to save him from his depression. His death this week, which authorities say was a suicide, is a shocking reintroduction to this widespread and unfairly stigmatized disease.