Home

The Drug-Induced Suicide of Robin Williams Two Years Later: And the Perils of Being a Drugged-up Insomniac Celebrity

12 Comments

Duty to Warn

new-logo25By Gary G. Kohls, MD

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

55 years ago (July 2, 1961) an American literary icon, Ernest Hemingway, committed suicide at his beloved vacation retreat in Ketchum, Idaho. He had just flown to Ketchum after being discharged from a psychiatric ward at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he had received a series of electroconvulsive “treatments” (ECT) for a life-long depression that had started after he had experienced the horrors of World War I. In the “War To End All Wars” he had been a non-combatant ambulance driver and stretcher-bearer.

One of Hemingway’s wartime duties was to retrieve the mutilated bodies of living and dead humans and the body parts of the dead ones from the Italian sector of the WWI battle zone. In more modern times his MOS (military occupational specialty) might have been called Grave’s Registration, a job that – in the Vietnam War – had one of the highest incidences of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that arose in that war’s aftermath.

Hemingway, just like many of the combat-induced PTSD victims of every war, was likely haunted for the rest of his life by the horrific images of the wounded and dead, so there was no question that he had what was later to be understood as combat-induced PTSD with depression, panic attacks, nightmares, auditory and/or visual hallucinations and insomnia. More

IN SEARCH OF THE MORAL COMPASS

3 Comments

new-logo25Author,
Chuck Frank

A Ship's Compass 1No matter who wins the election in November and whether it is rigged or not, we the people of America still have a major job to do and it is all dependent upon not how we vote but it all comes down to what is within our own selves and what we believe in. Therefore, the integrity and the character of a person needs to be fashioned though careful choices and finding their own way through the storms of life.

Yet, how can this be accomplished?

In the last 50 or more years there has been a major shift in the norms of the country to where political correctness, philosophical theories and man made principles have entered into the equation, but has this been for the people’s benefit or ended up being harmful?
More

%d bloggers like this: