Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Richard Jeni: Clinical Depression

Well, the comedians I talked with were right. Richard Jeni's problem was mental and his family has confirmed it. I feel so sorry for him and them. None of us is immune to the sudden onslaught of clinical depression and all the other mental breakdowns. I watched a lawyer friend of mine go from visiting the White House in an official capacity to living in a car. When it happens it can be devastating.

Richard Jeni was one person and this disease made him act like someone else. A comedian who worked with him recently....well, I won't go into it, but this is what happened - this was the problem.

Let's use it to appreciate mental health and better understand the terrible burdens on someone who is stricken with these diseases. We have to make it okay to talk about, so everyone can do what they can. This was not his fault. It was just a really bad break. Of all the things that suck, this type of illness is right near the top of the list.
ExtraTV.com | Richard Jeni%u2019s Family: He Suffered from Severe Depression

3 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

Okay, click fast. These links are time sensitive, last sale date probably St. Patty's day.

Two NY Times items: 1) What's funny. 2) What's brain.

First one, pull quote: It’s not about getting the joke. It’s about getting along.

What’s So Funny? Well, Maybe Nothing, By JOHN TIERNEY
Link duplicated:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/13/science/13tier.html?em&ex=1174017600&en=d1c78eb0fbf58445&ei=5087%0A

-- March 13, 2007 -- So there are these two muffins baking in an oven. One of them yells, “Wow, it’s hot in here!”
And the other muffin replies: “Holy cow! A talking muffin!”
Did that alleged joke make you laugh? I would guess (and hope) not. But under different circumstances, you would be chuckling softly, maybe giggling, possibly guffawing. I know that’s hard to believe, but trust me. The results are just in on a laboratory test of ...


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Second one, pull quote: ...criminals could be excused because their brains made them do it seems to imply that anyone whose brain isn’t functioning properly could be absolved of responsibility. But should judges and juries really be in the business of defining the normal or properly working brain? And since all behavior is caused by our brains, wouldn’t this mean all behavior could potentially be excused?

The Brain on the Stand, By JEFFREY ROSEN
Link Duplicated:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/11/magazine/11Neurolaw.t.html?em&ex=1174017600&en=94527c238ec7369c&ei=5070

-- March 11, 2007 -- When historians of the future try to identify the moment that neuroscience began to transform the American legal system, they may point to a little-noticed case from the early 1990s....

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger October1929 said...

Richard Jeni's suicide: "He didn't look depressed"-same song, different story.

I've heard the identical words many times about other people who have successfully committed suicide: "he didn't look or act depressed."

Those are the same words being used by friends and associates of comedian Richard Jeni.

Richard Jeni was laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside.

Charlie
MyDepressionSpace.com

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger astrangewine said...

I'm very curious about what you heard about the change in Richard's personality--"Richard Jeni was one person and this disease made him act like someone else. A comedian who worked with him recently....well, I won't go into it, but this is what happened - this was the problem." I have symptoms very similar to his and would like to know, if you don't mind.

 

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