Robin Williams' Death: It's Time to Unmask "Masked" Depression

August 13, 2014 3:24 PM

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"The guy who laughs the loudest is likely the most depressed." That sentence, shared with me by a close friend, is ringing all too true after Robin Williams' tragic suicide. As news has spread, Williams' grief-stricken wife has asked people to focus on his life, not his death. This plea makes sense. Yet looking at his death and its significance is exactly what we should be doing.

Like Williams, millions of people around the world are depressed to the point of considering ending their lives. Men are particularly good at it, completing suicide four to six times as often as women do. These men often don't express depression in ways traditionally used to diagnose the problem. Th...

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