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After Robin Williams’ death, stigma still surrounds mental illness

I was 9 years old when my 7-year-old sister was diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder. The diagnosis hit my family like a ton of bricks, and just like that, our lives were turned upside down. Struggling with depression, mania, tunnel vision, violent outbursts and self-harming thoughts, my little sister was facing a battle larger than life.

Faces of Depression: Exposing the Silent Battle

  By Heather Seidel | When the news of Robin Williams’ death became public, his depression and consequent suicide became sensationalized by the media. The scariest part about Williams’ death is that we didn’t see it coming. In 2011, the American College Health Association administered a nationwide survey…