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How Robin Williams is like Elaina J (trigger warning)

suicide prevention lifelineI’ve had a rough time with the passing of Robin Williams. He is one of my comedic heroes – right up there with Steve Martin and Martin Short and Lucille Ball. Classically funny. Funny on camera in a series. Funny in an interview. Always funny.

I grew up with Robin Williams. His many movies. His out-of-this-world character. He was amazing.

He was…Still hard to swallow.

In my research of fellow Beautifully Bipolar beings, I found him. So far, they are saying he was suffering from depression – and well he may have been, but was it a symptom of bipolar disorder? I don’t know if it will be confirmed, but I believe this amazingly funny man lived for many years with bipolar disorder.

So how does that make him Рa celebrity, and a little old blogger like me, Рsimilar? Well, we like to laugh. We both attempted suicide.

The difference is he succeeded. Am I jealous? No. Not for one minute.

I can’t stop imagining his death. I know, morbid, but it happened. A man a year younger than my dad died – for reasons only he knows and that makes me sad. I cry as I write this. I wish he and I could have had a talk. Maybe something I could have said, from one suicidal person to another, could have helped, could have stopped this travesty.

But the difference between Robin Williams and Elaina J is that I lived. I lived to write this post, and many more before it and many more after. And it’s sad.

I hope this post makes you realize there is life after suicidal thoughts – attempts. There is so much more that life has to offer, I know. I found love and kindness and acceptance and a group full of people who are there for me – day or night.

If you are feeling hopeless, don’t give up. We lost a comedic hero but we don’t need to lose you. Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you need to. They are there just for you…and me.

How Robin Williams is like Elaina J (trigger warning)

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2014). How Robin Williams is like Elaina J (trigger warning). Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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