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Star's great fame and wealth did not bring peace of mind

Ref: "We need to learn to love ourselves more", Letters, yesterday.

Our Lord Buddha taught us that wealth and fame does not give us happiness but inner peace of mind does. So, Robin Williams' fame and wealth is not relevant to his death. Your writer Pornpimol Kanchanalak's excellent article "Understanding depression", August 23, said it all - that depression is a sad disease poorly understood by the common man. Some even suspected that Williams suffered from bipolar disorder (manic depression) that is hereditary and many geniuses like Vincent van Gogh, Sir Winston Churchill and Mozart were sufferers. Churchill described the 'black dog' in his head when he had depression. Entering many times a rehab centre for drug abuse was indicative of Williams' chronic depression. It is so ironic that, in one of his films "World's Greatest Dad", he uttered one line that was so relevant to his state of mind that day and yet he was too sick to rely on it: "If you are depressed, reach out to someone. And remember, suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

Thank you Mr Williams for your genius and may you now rest in peace!

Songdej Praditsmanont

Bangkok


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