Robin Williams and a neglected disease called depression.

Depression that hit Robin Williams, like many other celebrities, perhaps it should be understood in a different way from now.

Robin Williams embodies the epitome of the curse of Augusto clown. Made millions laugh, but could not keep clinging to "the slippery desire to live". culpárselo can not: be happy, that is, be contentedly is one of the most difficult things in life and, paradoxically, also one of the simplest.

It draws attention to the apparent oxymoron (opposite meaning) involving the concept "sad clown" but it is not new: the history of the performing arts saved numerous examples of "melancholy comedy". In addition, recent scientific studies highlight the connection between the creative process and depression. Let's review both phenomena.

Creativity is connected with a kind of sadness, and even severe depression. Like actors Stephen Fry, John Cleese and Jim Carrey, Williams was just one of the cartoonists who publicly admitted having battled depression.

Alpine psychotherapist Amy recently commented to the BBC: "Many comedians have an introverted personality and, to compensate, use humor; but it can be exhausting seem fun all the time. "

In an interview with The Guardian in 1996, the same Robin Williams confessed: "Every time you feel depressed, comedy will get you there."

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In the history of culture are abundant examples of the correlation between creativity and depressive personalities. Some of these examples are from the Underworld, of Fiódor Dostoyevski; Letters to Theo (his brother), Vincent van Gogh; Lev Tolstoy's diaries; suicidal Virginia Woolf notes and Alfonsina Storni ... In addition, there are scientific studies that go beyond the stereotype of the tormented genius.

According to Gordon Claridge, head of the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, "the creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those that characterize the cognitive style of people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder."

Also in January this year, a study at the University of Oxford on 30 creative writers and 30 control subjects ( "normal"), showed that creative writers had a higher incidence of affective disorders or bipolar disorders subjects control.

Beyond the sad episode of Robin Williams, death sentences should shake raises depression, misunderstood disease that affects 350 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

In this regard, the writer Heriberto Rodríguez said a beautiful wish: "Just as, at 85, the death of Rock Hudson brought the disease of AIDS to light, the suicide of Robin Williams might make the disease of depression is seen with different eyes by the general public. "

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