Good bye my friend: a dialogue about depression and creativity

In the aftermath of Robin William’s tragic suicide, author Connie Jasperson shares some startling insights and figures on the links between creativity and depression.

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

robin williamsWe have all been affected by the suicide of beloved comedian Robin Williams. His was a death that touched us as deeply as his life had. We felt we knew him on a personal level, and though we knew he battled demons, we somehow believed he had survived them, and that all was well at last for him.

But if there is one positive thing to come out of this sad end to a beautiful man’s life, it is that people are at last having a dialogue about clinical depression.

This is something I understand on a personal level. My mother suffered from clinical depression, to the point that many times she was incapacitated during my childhood, and my maternal grandmother stepped in to care for our home and for us all. It was the 1960’s and miracle drugs were prescribed right and left–and Mama was on all of them at…

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5 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Deborah!

    1. Thank you for writing it, Connie.

  2. Great share Deb. Such a tragic and sad loss around the world. Yes, I have noticed so much more media buzz about clinical depression, like it’s a new bloody revelation. Sorry it took a celebrity’s death to get some recognition, but maybe now ears will open. 🙂

    1. We can always hope so. Sadly all too often it takes a tragedy like this to bring such things into the open.

      1. It sure does and hopefully that is what will come out of this tragedy, recognition and support for others. 🙂

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