Andrew Koenig's Long, Losing Battle With Depression

It's also possible he got tired of dealing with it.

"The longer people are battling it, the more helpless and hopeless they feel," said Kaslow, adding that when it gets to feel too overwhelming people need to reach out for help.

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"It's so damn hard for the victim to be convinced they are ever going to feel better," legendary talk show host Dick Cavett told ABCNews.com.

Cavett, who publicly struggled with depression for many years before getting it under control with a "modest amount of a couple of meds," said it's especially tough for people in the show business' spotlight.

"It's full of anguishing aspects if the mental landscape is not terribly healthy to begin with," he said.

Koenig apparently was fed up with being viewed as "Boner" or Chekov's son, Miccio said.

"The labels get painful," Cavett said. "The part that once thrilled us becomes a burden after years."

Unbeknown to his family and friends, Koenig sold or gave away all of his possessions and terminated his 14-year lease on his apartment before leaving for Vancouver -- a sign Kaslow said that he may have been planning to take his own life.

It appears his parents were not aware of ust how despondent he was until they received a letter from him Feb. 16. It worried them enough to contact Vancouver police.

"The parents did exactly what they were supposed to do. They took it seriously," Kaslow said. "They shouldn't feel guilty. It sounds like they did everything they could."

The Koenigs had a message for families too.

"For those families who have members who they fear are susceptible to this kind of behavior, don't ignore it, don't rationalize it, extend a hand," Walter Koenig said.

"Don't rationalize away anything," said Andrew Koenig's mother, Judy Koenig. "Connect with each other if there is something that is bothering you, because there is love out there."

"He was much loved," she said of her son. "He had much to contribute in this world, and we want to leave you with that message."

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