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Robie 11-03-2015 09:00 PM

Old thread but I thought I'd give an update I just read...

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Robin Williams' Widow Says Depression Did Not Kill Beloved Actor
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b00a4d2e0bdc2f

Lewy body dementia...never heard of it. The article states he would probably have been locked up (mental institution??) if he had lived.

Wow.

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Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease, causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.

It may also cause visual hallucinations, which generally take the form of objects, people or animals that aren't there. This can lead to unusual behavior such as having conversations with deceased loved ones.

Another indicator of Lewy body dementia may be significant fluctuations in alertness and attention, which may include daytime drowsiness or periods of staring into space. And, like Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia can result in rigid muscles, slowed movement and tremors.

In Lewy body dementia, protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in regions of your brain involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control).

Tom M 11-03-2015 09:42 PM

Serious condition to say the least. The man was so much of presence through the years . Hard to believe the guy is gone.

RangoWA 11-04-2015 07:10 AM

"Another indicator of Lewy body dementia may be significant fluctuations in alertness and attention, which may include daytime drowsiness or periods of staring into space."


Gulp, I think I'm in trouble.

SmallTownGuy 11-04-2015 07:22 AM

Anybody that knew Robin even the slightest bit - even if only 30 seconds off stage - would know he was manic.

This brain/mind of ours is so wonderful, amazing, complex, and beyond understanding.

A diagnosis of Parkinsons or ALS or MS - I've been close to several people who been through these - and the sheer terror of those diseases can overwhelm even the strongest.

rosethornva 11-04-2015 07:29 AM

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Originally Posted by RangoWA (Post 3775098)
"Another indicator of Lewy body dementia may be significant fluctuations in alertness and attention, which may include daytime drowsiness or periods of staring into space."


Gulp, I think I'm in trouble.

That is a scary one, isn't it?

Then again, I've been doing that since age six, so that's 50 years now...

On a more serious note, it's very easy to understand why such a diagnosis could make one seek an easier exit. I've spent a lot of time at the bedside of two family members who died from dementia, and it's a hard death.

Robie 11-04-2015 08:23 AM

All of a sudden, if the story is true, it seems suicide may have been an act of kindness instead of selfishness.

With suicide, the family only has to survive a month or so of unrelenting media. With the disease, they (the family, friends, the hospital, etc) would have had 3-5 years of non-stop media harassment.

RangoWA 11-04-2015 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by rosethornva (Post 3775178)
That is a scary one, isn't it?

Then again, I've been doing that since age six, so that's 50 years now...

On a more serious note, it's very easy to understand why such a diagnosis could make one seek an easier exit. I've spent a lot of time at the bedside of two family members who died from dementia, and it's a hard death.

I worked at a VA hospital for 3.5 years and saw some people take years to go, sometimes deteriorating back to the baby stage with feedings and diapers. And the family going through it all.

I won't be checking out that way.

Morning Wood 11-04-2015 08:46 PM

That article also said he had serious anxiety issues on top of the rest of it. If that was indeed the case, I think suicide wouldn't be a bad decision at all.


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