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  •  I think that's true of so many who suffer from (22+ / 0-)

    depression. At the foundation of depression is feeling alone and unsupported. Therein lies an very deeply felt assumption that there is no one to call.

    It doesn't matter whether he did this because he was afraid of prison or because he was depressed. The political cause he was fighting for and how little public support (not enough critical mass to force our government to protect our rights and frame a just legal system for knowledge and information gained via public funding) fed into his depression, either way.

    We are all culpable here.

    •  It doesn't have to be either / or (10+ / 0-)

      Speaking as someone who's spent a lot of time depressed, little things in your way can seem like insurmountable obstacles.  When a big thing gets in your way, such as prison, it's often completely unbearable.  

      Praxis: Bold as Love

      by VelvetElvis on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 03:11:41 PM PST

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    •  It definitely has many factors that can (2+ / 0-)
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      throw a delicate balance out of control. One idea I can't find the source of is that people who think a lot, who question a lot, find it very exhausting. I was surprised how much that helped me understand some of my own issues.

      The many, many issues on his plate, with underlying depression for whatever reason(s), were enough to overwhelm anyone. Part of what depression brings is a loss of self efficacy - the sense that we are capable of trying something, even if it is a battle we might not win. Losing weight, getting in shape, quitting smoking are common battles many take up again despite previous failures.

      Fighting the significant, not well known political issues he had, and then getting overwhelming, inordinate judicial treatment would be hell. As Robin Williams' character in What Dreams May Come says as he searches Hell:

      "Hell is losing your mind."

      Aaron had a mind far too beautiful to lose.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 10:37:57 PM PST

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