Once a week, radio veteran John Moe sits down with a guest—usually a professional comedian—for a laugh-filled chat about debilitating mental illness. The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, which launched in mid-December and is halfway through its second seasonwades headlong into a discussion about a condition that This podcast drags such conversations out into the open.
Robin Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression before his death. As the country copes with the shock of the comedian's apparent suicide, former TV talk show host Dick Cavett recalls his interview with Williams and his own struggles with depression. A toxicology report won't be ready for at least another few weeks.
Robin Williams will not be the last cherished performer to be snatched from our midst by depression and suicide. I could fill this page and another with the names of famous and less so actors, comics, and musicians who live miserably — and die — in association with that demon of a hound. And booze is the favored self-treatment.
Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently. Sign Up. My Account.
Words come easily for Dick Cavett, so he had no trouble yesterday capturing the periods of overpowering despair that have kept this funnyman in his bathrobe for weeks while contemplating the relief that might come from suicide. Cavett, 56, strode into a room full of reporters at Johns Hopkins Hospitalhis shirt open at the collar, tie slung over his arm, and quipped, "It's no fun being a specimen. Then, asked to describe clinical depression for those who might not understand, he had this to say: "Everything turns sort of colorless.
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Verified by Psychology Today. Two Takes on Depression. The first celebrity I ever heard talk openly about depression was Dick Cavett.
He appeared regularly on nationally broadcast television in the United States in five consecutive decades, the s through the s. Cavett was born in Nebraska but sources differ as to the specific town, locating his birthplace in either Gibbon  where his family lived, or nearby Kearney the location of the nearest hospital. Cavett himself has stated that Gibbon was his birthplace.
Cavett asked. The stairwell was lined with special bottles of wine reserved for special patrons T. Boone Pickens and Chelsea Clinton, to name two.
It is a great service to the public when prominent people share their struggles with psychological conditions like depression. This often gives others the courage to seek treatment and acknowledge their need for help. According to an interview published in a issue of People magazine, Cavett contacted Dr. Nathan Kline in seeking treatment.