Robin Williams' Death Draws Attention to Depression

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His death shocked this country.

An Oscar award winner and beloved comedian who did so much for people, including the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The key question is why.

Why and how could someone be so successful, yet so low?

Depression is real and nothing to be ashamed of.

Help is close and something to embrace.

Everyone is stunned by the suicide of Robin Williams and it has certainly made you realize that it could be anybody who's suffering from this mental illness and now is the time to get help.

Psychologists say depression is more than just feeling sad or down.

It's when the things in life that you used to love doing and made you happy don't anymore.

The latest statistics from Westbrook Health Services say that in 2011, 16.9% of Americans suffered from depression and in West Virginia that number increased to almost 21 percent.

And when you think of someone like Robin Williams, always smiling, joking, and even tons of money, you really wonder why a person like him could be depressed.

"I have many clients that will say 'I don't know why I'm depressed. I have everything that I want. I have a good family, I have a good house, I have a good job. What's wrong with me?'," says Priscilla Leavitt, a psychologist at the Counseling and Wellness Center in Parkersburg. "And it's probably in the midst of feeling like I shouldn't be depressed that's the worst when you are."

Leavitt adds that one out of every eight people will experience depression in their lifetime, and that's actually a pretty large number.

It just goes to show how many are affected by this disease.

But the most important thing to remember is there is help.

Psychologists say depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

Talking about it is one of the most important things we can do.

And Robin Williams' suicide has really brought to light over the past day, how big of an issue this is and it's important to know that help is out there.

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