No one gets through life unscarred. This we know. But those who suffer from one of the many forms of depression and bipolar disorder some 10 million Americans deal with a devastating disease that too few around them understand.
Robin Williams was one of America's most beloved comedians and actors. His love for all things San Francisco made him a Bay Area icon. Examples of his giving nature and his willingness to reach out and support charitable causes abound. If Williams with all of his wealth, resources and personal support couldn't find a way to live with his demons, think how hard it is for those who struggle to hold a job and support a family or, even worse, live on the streets.
It's impossible to know what was going through Williams' mind as he dealt with his drug addictions, depression and bipolar tendencies. We can only hope that his death will shock us all into a better understanding of mental illness. We suspect if he knew that would happen, it would give him as much pleasure as any of his performances.