Less than a year and a half ago, I got a call from my best friend, who had heard first and wanted my husband and I to hear it from her. Our dear, brilliant, poem-filled rock star of a Best Man (of 12 years ago). Padraic was so close to Dave (hubs) … his girl-friend (a good friend as well) found him hanging in his apartment.
Actual Shocked doesn't cover it, still.
So many American families have the resilience to care for their un-well … and they will be offering the humblest gift of respecting our elders. Now.
I don't know why, but most of my dearest friends suffer with that bitchy, stubborn and under-researched condition (or a cousin of It), called Bipolar Disease. They are often generous, caring remarkable people, I have found. And bright as hell.
They know Shite!! A thimbleful of good Scotch led my Gram into many a learning moment in there for free … that can be a part of the attitude and some very deep acts of desperation.
A morsel of stand-up from Williams …
Maybe, just maybe, Bipolar research and testing will get a bump -- because Robin Williams was killed by it this time. Read Laffy's outstanding posts, here, about his loss and her raw reactions.
Richard Dreyfuss, is also a victim célebre of brain health issues.
Dreyfuss first spoke publically about his bipolar disorder during the 2006 documentary, “The Secret Life of Manic Depressive.”
Since then he has been open and has freely discussed his struggles in the hope of alleviating some of the stigma associated with mental illness. He told People magazine:
“There is no shame in having depression. It never should be something to hide.”
Dreyfuss realized that he was suffering from this mental illness around the age of 14, when he felt range of emotions was not the same as everyone else’s.
So of course the Teabbing Folks sang #AndISaidNoNoooNoooooooo as they read the obscure G.D. facts - and the gamut … Including The Limpbaugh and LaPalin [didn't there used to be a species of the Good Conservative].