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Tragedy, Mental Illness, and Change in the Wake of Celebrity Death
Mental illness isn’t something I like to write about. It isn’t something I like to think about. Coming from a family riddled with addiction, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders on both sides makes the subject too personal, too troubling for me to broach it easily. Sometimes, though, this deep, personal connection with it means I can’t keep quiet. This is one of those times. When Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on his bathroom floor in February, it induced a wave of co