Robin Williams Helped Fight My Childhood Demons

August 12, 2014 7:10 PM

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Robin Williams Helped Fight My Childhood Demons

I was working on my tablet when a co-worker messaged to say that Robin Williams had died. My immediate response, common when handed unexpectedly terrible news, was to reject the accuracy of the report. Minutes later, every news outlet was running Williams' death as their top story. Not only had the beloved comedian died, the death was being reported as a suicide. I started to cry. I'd remembered something.

As a young kid, I suffered from severe OCD and anxiety disorder. Surviving from panic attack to panic attack was an almost insurmountable task, often leaving my stomach in such knots that I couldn't eat. I would occasionally become so overcome with crushing fear that something terrible was going to ...

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