Robin Williams: Darkness visible

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 - 9:08 am
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Re "Robin Williams: mental illness kills" (Letters, Aug. 12): When my wife was chronically ill for 8 years, mostly in bed and having to use a walker, she also had to deal with depression brought on by her condition.

In reading about depression to attempt to gain an understanding of what she was going through, I discovered Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron. The book illustrates the power of depression and is my recommendation for those attempting to understand why Robin Williams committed suicide.

-- Dan Porter, Woodland

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