Local response to Robin Williams' death

By Caroline Goggin

August 12, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead in his California home Monday after hanging himself with a belt.

His death highlights the issues of depression and suicide.

Someone who made a living off of making others laugh has left people shocked to hear the news of his passing.

It also leaves people asking, if someone who always appeared so happy was depressed, how exactly can people tell?

"Be on the look out," said psychology professor at Binghamton University, Brandon Gibb. "And you can look out for it in yourself too. I mean you know yourself better than anyone else. So if you start having thoughts of hurting yourself or if you start withdrawing from your friends and family then that's a pretty good warning sign."

Gibb tells Action News that the most important thing for people to remember is that depression is treatable and extremely common in today's society.

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