Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What we can learn from tradegy

Robin Williams was a comedian and actor who rose to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, Williams went on to establish a successful career in both films and stand up comedy.  Some of his most memorable movies include, Goodwill Hunting, Dead Poets Society and a favorite of mine when I was a child, Mrs. Doubtfire.  According to a report by CNN, Robin Williams -- who first made America laugh and eventually touched "every element of the human spirit" in a remarkable range of performances -- died at his Northern California home Monday.  Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. He was 63.  "He has been battling severe depression of late," his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."  Coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's Office.
With the news of his death it is a reminder that depression affect many Americans. Below is an inforgraphic containing information about depression ( you may need to use the scoll option to view the entire graphic or visit http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/statistics-infographic )
There are many resources available to those experiencing the symptoms of depression such as
  • Feelings of sadness, emptiness or unhappiness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, such as sex
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so that even small tasks take extra effort
  • Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness — for example, excessive worrying, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that are not your responsibility
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Other people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.
There are also resources for those who have friends or family member experiencing the symptoms of depression.  If you are a CSS employee you can utilize the EAP program.  With the EAP program you can receive three free sessions with qualified professionals on a variety of topics. For more information you can visit the Employee tab on COR , click on the red "Links" button, and click on Employee Assistance Program.  
 If you are a CSS student you can visit Student Health Services or the Counseling Center for free. For more information about these services you can visit the Support Service tab in COR.  
If you have any additional questions please contact Julie Zaruba Fountaine , jzarubafounta@css.edu