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  • Robin Williams’ Death: It’s Time to Unmask “Masked” Depression

    Robin Williams’ Death: It’s Time to Unmask “Masked” Depression

    By Aaron Rochlen, Professor & Training Director of the Counseling Psychology program
    Published: Aug. 19, 2014

    “The guy who laughs the loudest is likely the most depressed.” That sentence, shared with me by a close friend, is ringing all too true after Robin Williams’ tragic suicide. As news has spread, Williams’ grief-stricken wife has asked people to focus on his life, not his death. This plea makes sense. Yet looking at …

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      Annabelle Lipsett, MD said on Sept. 3, 2014 at 8:38 a.m.
      I googled "masked depression" and this article came up. As a physician, I see many cases of depression masked as pain. This article was very helpful in reminding me about what I call "the sad clown", depression masked as comedy/fun/jokes. Personally, I had that experience with a family member who was always happy-go-lucky, successful, funny, a "clownish guy", he would even tap dance to make you laugh...then he attempted suicide twice. Thank you for this reminder. R.I.P. Robin Williams.
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      Ricardo Vera said on Sept. 1, 2014 at 7:49 p.m.
      wow ,, it is a wonderful note ,,,we need to understand what a depression is,, no a simple sadness ,, is something strong ...that can lead us to a deepest pain.. be helpful to other people ,,a hug can help
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