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Robin Williams and signs of mental health issues

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It's been three days now since we got the news, and it's still so hard to believe. Robin Williams is dead. Today, authorities in Marin County, California, are confirming that he took his life by hanging himself with a belt at his home.

One mental health expert says the manic qualities that made us laugh so much at Williams may have been a sign that the comedian had problems. Bamkole Johnson chairs the Psychiatric Department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. And he says some people who seem to be "on" all the time may suffer from forms of depression that feature wide mood swings. The trouble with that, Johnson says, is that some celebrities use that kind of energy as a "tool of the trade," while those around them see it as just part of the celebrity's personality.

We wish you peace, Robin Williams!

 

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