Stigma killed Robin Williams and many others: A Stigma Story

I found this blog provided an insightful analysis of how we as social creatures are conditioned to repress our authentic selves and real emotions. The blog explores how we are socialized to wear socially appropriate masks and forces us to question at what cost? What impact does wearing various socially appropriate masks have on our health and wellbeing?

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Photo credit to brian Meyer, amazing work.

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” -Albert Einstein

Robin Williams didn’t kill himself, stigma killed him. It kills many people like him everyday. Here is how:

STIGMA, that is the reason people do not ask for help. STIGMA is the reason people do not go to the doctor and say I’m depressed, or I’m an addict, or I do not feel things like anyone else. Who wants to say that they feel all these intense emotions?

Especially when you know what the result is likely going to be. When you know likely what will happen is the doctor…

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