Nadine Kaslow on Robin Williams' Suicide

Dr. Nadine Kaslow of Emory University comments on the suicide of Robin Williams, providing context on suicide, clinical depression and the treatment of depression.


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  2. New York Times (NYC, NY)
  3. “There’s no one reason that people do it,” said Nadine Kaslow, a research psychologist at Emory University. Rather, she says, people usually commit suicide because personal, social-system and environmental factors combine to push them to a new place of energized despair.
  4. Al Jazeera America
  5. "There’s lots of people in our lives who we may have a lot more contact with," said Kaslow, referring to individuals such as family members, teachers, employers and clergy. "Most of us see our primary care doctor once a year if we’re responsible. They don’t know us that well necessarily, and there’s a lot of other people that need to step in and ask and help us get help.”
  6. Washington Post (Washington, DC)
  7. Ironically, when depression is lifting or someone is released from rehab or treatment, they are also vulnerable to a suicide attempt, said Nadine Kaslow, a psychology professor and vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.
  8. CBS 46 (Atlanta, GA)
  9. Dr. Nadine Kaslow, Chief Psychologist at Grady Hospital and President of the American Psychological Association, said left untreated, depression can lead to self-destructive behavior and suicide.
  10. Fox 5 Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
  11. "The most important thing I hope people walk away with is that ANYONE can feel suicidal."
  12. Georgia Health News (Georgia)
  13. His death “shows anybody can become suicidal, no matter how funny, comical and happy they may seem,’’ said Nadine Kaslow, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. “It shows that depression is a big risk factor for suicide.’’
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  15. Albany Herald (Albany, GA)
  16. Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA)
  17. / Athens Banner-Herald (Athens, GA)