Beauty & the Beast: Living with depression and bipolar disorder

“Starry Night” by Van Gogh, public domain. Image found at http://www.wpclipart.com

I woke this morning after a full nights sleep and stretched, feeling completely refreshed. I then realized I also felt completely sad. It took me a moment to remember why… Robin Williams had died, a victim of the Beast. The recollection of that awful truth, the reality of it, sucked the joy out of my morning. I no longer felt refreshed. Ironically, that is how depression can seem. And although today I am not actually depressed, just deeply sad, I know all too well what it is like to battle the Beast.

Robin Williams embraced life with creativity and manic intensity. He was the ultimate¬†embodiment of “Not Boring”. He was able to gift the world with¬†great beauty and uniqueness because of his incredible talent and fervency. But the ability to feel so deeply, live life so intensely, can often come at a great price. Many other great artists also struggled with depression or mental illness. Continue reading

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