If there was ever a time to NOT be using “poc” it’s now. Do not generalize. Do not say “what poc are going through!”. It’s black people. What BLACK PEOPLE are going through. It’s not generalized racism, it’s anti-black racism and this is a time to be direct and listen to /black/ people and talk about black people.
If people are going to talk about Robin Williams’ mental health in order to raise awareness, please understand that he had bipolar disorder. And please understand that it is different from clinical depression. It requires awareness and understanding just as much as depression.
I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks.
It may seem like splitting hairs, but this is important. Depression and bipolar disorder are not the same, but one can suffer from depressive episodes due to bipolar disorder.
it’s true that bipolar disorder also needs more awareness and understanding, but folks aren’t getting this depression news from no where. the official statement from his publicist said, “He has been battling severe depression of late.”
Severe depression can be an aspect of bipolar disorder. The difference is it alternates with mania, but a lot of people don’t understand that mania isn’t always happy or creative. It can be dark and violent, and uncontrollably terrifying, even to the person experiencing it.
We don’t really know what Mr. Williams’ mental state was, only that it was too much for him to bear. There’s no need for pedantic hair-splitting. Let’s love the people around us, as best we can, and support them when they need us.