The Tragedy of Depression, the Fallacy of Willpower, and the Celebration of a Life

A large portion of the public response to Robin Williams’ heartbreaking suicide has been bewilderment: how was he depressed? He was so successful. He was so energetic. He had so much to live for. He was depressed because depression is an illness.  Like cancer or heart disease, it doesn’t just go away if you’re beloved or talented […]