Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Family opens up about actor Lee Thompson Young's suicide

Family breaks silence on actor Lee Thompson Young's suicide


After almost a year of silence, the family of Columbia-born actor Lee Thompson Young is opening up about his tragic death, and spreading the word about a foundation they've founded to help others who struggle with mental illness.

According to University of South Carolina psychiatrist Dr. Ashley Jones, Young's diagnosis isn't uncommon. In fact, 2.6 percent of American adults are affected by bipolar disorder.
"It's very different than the normal ups and downs we have during the day," Jones said. "The depressive episodes last about two weeks. And with that, we see depression, hopelessness, sadness. Then there's a mania. They could be euphoric or grandiose with high self-esteem."
With medication and therapy, Young continued on his road to success and the roles got bigger. By the age of 29, he was a regular on another popular television show, 'Rizzoli and Isles.' In August 2013, something changed.

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