Robin Williams death: Are comedians more prone to depression?

I’ve often asked myself that question, and with the death of other comedians who also struggled with depression, could this be true?  I found this article today on CBC.ca News (Health), addressing this mental health issue.

The article starts off with….A certified comic genius, Robin Williams once said, “You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

But some wonder whether that “little spark” might have given the manic comedian not only his quick wit, but also a path to depression.

There’s a long-held belief that comedians like Williams are more prone to depression — and that their creativity is driven, in part, by the condition.

Andy Nulman, president and co-founder of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, said one of his first reactions Monday night, upon hearing of Williams’s death, was “here we go again.”

The remainder of this article @  CBC.ca news

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Also, I thought a comment made to this article by (wwwang), “hit the nail on the head” with this short story:

By:  WWWANG  (comment made on CBC article)

I read this story long ago. It has been attributed to different names but this 
is the one I remember. 

“A man made an appointment to see a psychologist. He arrived at the psychologist’s office and said to him, “Doctor, I always feel depressed. No matter what I do I still feel depressed. I just don’t know what to do.” 

The psychologist looked at him and said, “Come with me to the window.” 

The man followed and then the psychologist pointed outside and said, “Do you see that tent over there in the distance? Well, there is a circus in town and it is really good. There are lots of acts to watch, specially the clown acts. And there is one clown in particular who is extremely funny his name is Grimaldi. He will make you rock with laughter over and over again. Go and see him and I guarantee that you will not have reason to be depressed again!”

The man turned to the psychologist with sad eyes and said, “Doctor, I am Grimaldi.”

 

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