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In His Own Words: Robin Williams Discussing His Depression & Struggles

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It still hasn't hit us that Robin Williams is actually gone.

We just can't believe that the comedian has left the earth and by a suspected suicide, at that.

This, however, brings up the very important issue of mental health, something that Robin struggled with for much of his life.

After his first stint in rehab to battle his demons, the legendary actor spoke with Terry Gross on NPR, and opened up about what his fight was like.

He said:

'No clinical depression, no. No. I get bummed, like I think a lot of us do at certain times. You look at the world and go, 'Whoa.' Other moments you look and go, 'Oh, things are okay.”

Do I perform sometimes in a manic style? Yes. Am I manic all the time? No. Do I get sad? Oh yeah. Does it hit me hard? Oh yeah.'

Ugh. That hits us right in the guts, to hear him speak like that about his struggle.

However, that wasn't all Robin said about his problems.

He also opened up to Diane Sawyer about his alcoholic struggles and the idea of suicide revealing how the urge for both came from the same place for himself.

Robin said:

'It's the same voice thought that … you're standing at a precipice and you look down, there's a voice and it's a little quiet voice that goes, 'Jump.' The same voice that goes, 'Just one.' … And the idea of just one for someone who has no tolerance for it, that's not the possibility."

Absolutely gut-wrenching.

At least his struggles with depression and alcoholism have come to an end and his suffering is finally over.

Rest in peace, Robin.

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