image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Words to live by

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

* Rep. Greg Harris

Lots of us who struggle with depression and addiction all our lives often look and act the same as everyone else.

Just because we look successful, or smart or caring or ‘together’ on the outside doesn’t mean there isn’t an army of assorted demons flying around on the inside looking for some small crevice to jump out. Even famous people have demons who win sometimes.

So to everyone else who is getting up this morning to fight another day….Well Done

Rest in peace, Robin Williams.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


28 Comments
  1. - ... - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    thanks for noticing


  2. - Both Sides Now - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    Well said.


  3. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:28 pm:

    Grace.


  4. - Weltschmerz - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:33 pm:

    “Richard Corey”.


  5. - Big Muddy - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    I’m really struggling with the news about Robin Williams today. Tha man is a legend when it comes to making others laugh and smile yet his inner battle was devistating to him. Rep. Harris is spot on here. If anyone out there is suffering from this horrible disease PLEASE go get help. None of us will think any less of you. In fact, I’ll applaud you for stepping up.


  6. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:44 pm:

    I think what Harris is saying can also be interpreted as, “hooray for all of those brave people who battle severe depression and substance abuse who didn’t kill themselves yesterday.”


  7. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Very well said, Rep Harris


  8. - OneMan - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    True that…

    My hope is much like people in my generation can’t understand Jim Crow kids in kids generation will someday wonder why we treated folks with mental health issues differently than folks with other illnesses.


  9. - Phenomynous - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:52 pm:

    That was reflective, compassionate, and inspirational.


  10. - Big Muddy - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:53 pm:

    47th,
    I love snark as much as the next guy but your comment is out of bounds. Bad form IMHO.


  11. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:54 pm:

    No snark at all BM.


  12. - A guy... - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    The person right next to you might just be keeping a streak alive. Don’t just let them, help them.


  13. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:14 pm:

    It’s horrible when the torment felt becomes so severe that death seems to be the only way to find relief. I lost a student a couple of years ago and I still feel the pain of his decision.


  14. - Dirty Red - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    Bangarang.


  15. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    One of my favorite sayings is “never compare your insides to someone else’s outsides.” Seems rather apt on Greg’s comment.


  16. - Living It - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    In support of all those that get up every day living with these and many other “demons”, look up your local NAMI chapter and find a way to support them. If you are in the western burbs of Chicago you can start here: www.nami5k.com


  17. - Earnest - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:47 pm:

    Representative Harris’ statement is spot on. I am one of those people who have had recurrent episodes of depression every couple of years. Though I have an MS in human services, it took a peer support group to give me the skills to recognize and episode early enough to make sure I was set up for appointments and meds before I got to the point where doing things was very difficult. Even through the episodes, while I called of sick several days as needed, from the outside I looked like a very happy and capable person.

    Still, I’m not a fan of n=1 stories. I’d refer back to our discussion about mental health issues in prisons the other week or discussions in the past when there’s been a school shooting by a young person with an untreated mental illness, and believe we need to fund a mental health system at the level needed to be effective.

    Finally, google NAMI and DBSA to connect with peer support. There are a surprising number of groups out there for people.


  18. - What is to be done? - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    Just like Pagliacci did
    I try to keep my sadness hid
    Smiling in the public eye
    But in my lonely room cry
    the tears of a clown
    When there’s no one around


  19. - Rahm's Parking Meter - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 3:02 pm:

    Well said Rep. Harris.
    And for one of my favorite actors, rest in peace, O’Captain my Captain..


  20. - logic not emotion - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 3:05 pm:

    Very well said.


  21. - Ghost - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 3:26 pm:

    Well spoken


  22. - The KQ - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 4:31 pm:

    Be nice to someone today. Smile or hold the door for them. They might be thinking no one cares and your kind gesture may give them the strength to make it through the day.


  23. - ANON for a moment... - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    I went through a severe clinical depression years ago. And while I had excellent healthcare and friends, no one knew it was as bad as it was. And, even if there had been a magic pill that was available and placed within my reach, I couldn’t have reached out for it. Yet, finally, it took everything I had inside to finally reach out for help…almost before it was too late. Where that strength came from I still do not know but the meds eventually created a level playing field and I am here today, much to my surprise and relief. That darkness is incomprehensible to those who have never experienced it…


  24. - Jabes - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 4:38 pm:

    I agree with 47th Ward — that was immediately how I read it. For some people, no matter how much “help” one gets (meds, therapy, hotlines, friends, “just telling someone,” and everything else that’s typically suggested) it doesn’t get better, ever. The value judgment inherent in the “well done” portion of Rep. Harris’s otherwise very compassionate and truthful statement was unneeded.


  25. - anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Governor’s Day at the fair is at 11 30, not 1-3


  26. - E town - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 5:15 pm:

    Let’s not over think the comment it was sincere and heartfelt and that’s all that matters in my opinion

    RIP Robin


  27. - The Scream - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:37 pm:

    You cannot eat, there’s too much to think about.
    So sick you can’t sleep, there’s too much to think about.
    So sick you hide things that will kill you.
    So sick you go to work, afraid to stay alone.
    See the doc. Give it three weeks.
    Color returns to your life.
    The sun comes up.
    You will be stronger. A better spouse. A better friend.
    A more compassionate person.
    Heal yourself. It works.


  28. - jake - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:08 pm:

    A note to anybody out there who is wrestling with bipolar disorder, which is probably what Robin Williams had. This is based on research I have done, stimulated by a family member who is a bipolar sufferer with a history of multiple hospitalizations for substance abuse and attempted suicide. Bipolar is sometimes confused for depression, but it does not respond to antidepressants that are effective for unipolar depression. If you or a loved one cycles between mania and depression, make sure you get the right medication, which is lithium or another mood stabilizer, but NOT antidepressant.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 - Dan Brady takes himself out *** Uh-oh
* Rauner goes after some Missouri jobs, but no word yet on Indy
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Oswego will discuss Rauner "right to work" proposal tonight
* Krishnamoorthi, Noland make moves toward Duckworth seat
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * OnePlus continues to tease the DR-1 Drone, but let’s not forget that tomorrow is April Fool’s Day
        * Microsoft Surface 3 specs
        * Get a preview of your next device with the Galaxy S6 Experience app
        * Designer exposes unreleased version of TouchWiz
        * New York Times Will Deliver One-Sentence News Stories To Apple Watch
        * Ginger Keyboard debuts in-keyboard games and news headlines
        * Microsoft launches the Surface 3 with full Windows 8.1

        * Gawker Indianapolis Star Fights Lunatic Anti-Gay Bill in Blunt Front-Page Stand | io9 Is A Kilobit 1
        * Make Salad Dressing With the Last Bit of Mayonnaise in a Jar
        * With Primary, Trend of Vertically Integrated E-Commerce Brands Comes to Kids’ Clothes
        * HP Sues Former Autonomy Execs Seeking $5 Billion in Damages
        * The Network Intelligence Movement Will Add Personal Context to the Online World
        * What Are the Best Free Things to Do in San Francisco?
        * Comcast CFO to Step Down and Run $4 Billion Investment Arm for Comcast

        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * 'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game
        * Final roster alignment a question of flexibility
        * Noesi recovers from quick stumble; Sox fall
        * Petricka headed to disabled list
        * Rodon's immediate future to be in Minors
        * Podcast: Countdown to Opening Day

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * The Illinois Supreme Court’s Dissent Rate (Part I)..
        * Rauner goes after some Missouri jobs, but no wo.....
        * Cenkos keen on more big deals after British Car.....
        * Oswego will discuss Rauner “right to work” prop.....
        * LaHood stumps in Bloomington, says ag is top issue..
        * Aaron Schock is gone, but will 'Downton Abbey' .....
        * Rauner commission aims to reduce prison population..


        * Ameren to clean century-old contamination at Belleville site
        * Indonesian prosecutors seek up to 18-year term for US couple
        * Krishnamoorthi says he'll run for Duckworth's US House seat
        * Illinois AG to announce statewide anti-sexual assault effort
        * Hermann sues power commissions over coal plant costs
        * Chicago man gets 40 years for trying to hire hit man
        * Ex-Carbondale pastor gets 6 years in prison on theft charges
        * Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
        * Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race
        * Bradley University officials report malware computers breach

        * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
        * Ex-deputy treasurer to run for Duckworth's seat
        * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
        * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
        * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
        * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois
        * Stripped of funding, auto theft task forces shutting down
        * Rauner looks to Kentucky right-to-work zones as labor model

        * AG Madigan: Put brakes on Peoples Gas' pipe program
        * Pay pops for CME's CEO and chairman
        * BNSF railroad adds new safety rules for crude oil trains
        * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
        *


          * 3 children from Illinois among 6 killed in fiery South Carolina crash
          * Mayoral candidates square off for final debate
          * Past and present Schock staff to face prosecutor in spending probe
          * Bali prosecutors seek 15-year prison term for Heather Mack
          * Dense morning fog along Lake Michigan to slow down commuters
          * Northwestern student sexually assaulted in Evanston dorm room
          * 3 hurt, including 1 firefighter, in 2 separate fires
          * Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens big lead on mayoral challenger Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia
          * Man hurt in shooting in Lake Villa
          * 1 dead, 8 wounded in separate shootings on South, West, Northwest sides


          * Unions and Garcia push for $15-an-hour minimum wage
          * The Chicago rabbit: The unofficial face of wildlife is right under your nose
          * Obamacare tax rules trip some immigrants
          * Former Rep. Aaron Schock's staff to face tough prosecutor
          * Behind CPS graduation rates, a system of musical chairs
          * Health care tax rules trip up some immigrants
          * More than 21K early votes cast in Chicago runoff election
          * Duckworth makes video announcement for 2016 Senate bid
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' when it comes to religious freedom law
          * Legal expert says Illinois 'got it right' regarding its religious freedom law


          * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's seat
          * Our Opinion: Redpath, Senor, McFarland for Springfield's wards 1, 2 and 4
          * Kathleen Parker: A leap of faith — into thin air
          * LIHEAP utility assistance fund for Sangamon County is empty
          * LaHood talks transportation issues as he kicks off congressional campaign
          * Duckworth to challenge Kirk for U.S. Senate seat
          * Rauner to push for federal spy agency relocation
          * Cook County, Chicago officials oppose 'right to work' zones
          * Our Opinion: Rianne Hawkins for Springfield city clerk; Misty Buscher for city treasurer
          * Bill pushes for possible municipal bankruptcies in Illinois


          * Questions remain about Belleville City Council candidate
          * Carbondale man arrested for having firearm
          * We meet again, Mickey
          * Carbondale consultant is in place: Plan calls for plenty of public input
          * Champaign County Auditor John Farney 3/31/15
          * Sunny weather Tuesday, but strong storms could be coming
          * Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in her 80s, abandoning her in metro-east
          * Disabled man killed in O’Fallon house fire
          * Man killed in O’Fallon house fire
          * Jackson County Courthouse could get historic standing


          * Three groups merge to create mega local hospice organization
          * One person found shot at Lake Villa area bar
          * Fast-food labor organizers plan actions for April 15
          * AP Source: Vols agree to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes
          * Free agent running back Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins

          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * A Progressive Explores a Run for Congress
          * Congressman Skeptical of Iran Plan
          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger warns against pen...
          * Dold doubles down on Schock money
          * US Rep. Randy Hultgren joins bipartisan gr...
          * Rep. Kinzinger Hosts Mayors Roundtable
          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ...
          * Illinois Senators Propose Changes in Disas...

          * Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Revise FEMA ......
          * Harry Reid is not looking back...
          * Harry Reid: No regrets...
          * Harry Reid wouldn't 'let the bastards beat......
          * Solitary Confinement of Mentally Ill in US......

          * With or Without Iran Deal, Obama Faces Fig......
          * Ex-deputy treasurer to run for Duckworth's......
          * Krishnamoorthi Launches Campaign to Replac......
          * Iran Nuclear Talks Go To The Wire With 50-......
          * Ex-deputy treasurer to fun for Duckworth's......

          * “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
          * Parking, Camera Ticket Debt Soars To $1.5 Billion Under Emanuel
          * IAR advocates for Scott as Chicago alderman
          * REALTORS® can make their votes count on April 7
          * Is Pay-to-Play Still Legal in Chicago?
          * COD Follow-up: Pihos Now on Democrats' Literature for COD election
          * IAR offices closed April 3 for Good Friday
          * Opportunity Race: RPAC urges vote for Chiles
          * The Antlers Of Ireland!
          * The Weekend In Chicago Rock


          * Illinois Mayors to Celebrate National Service - April 7, 2015 Designated as “Mayors Day of Recognition”
          * Governor Rauner Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Announces Appointments B.R. Lane to lead Illinois Lottery; John Holden to continue leading Dept. of Aging
          * USDA Awards Grant to Illinois' JTED-SNAP Employment & Training Grant - Program helps participants find jobs and promotes business growth
          * Nominating Petitions Available For Illinois Commodity Board Seats




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller