Robin Williams Dementia Hallucinations Triggered Suicide

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1110-robin-willams-tmz-5By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

Robin Williams’ suicide was triggered by a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dementia … sources connected with his family tell Media. Some Media has obtained documents showing Williams was struggling with the disease, which is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function. Lewy Body Dementia is a condition commonly associated with Parkinson’s … and people afflicted by both often get severe side effects from Parkinson’s meds. Hallucinations are common, where patients see phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions. Robin’s wife had told authorities shortly after his death he had been complaining about the meds and the way they made him feel. Sources connected with the Williams family tell US Media … Lewy Body Dementia was the “key factor” they believe drove him to kill himself. We’re told Robin’s doctors agree that the disease was the critical factor leading to his suicide.

Robin Williams’ suicide was triggered by a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dementia … sources connected with his family tell Media. Local Media has obtained documents showing Williams was struggling with the disease, which is marked by abnormal protein deposits in the brain that disrupt normal function. Lewy Body Dementia is a common condition associated with Parkinson’s … and people afflicted by both often get severe side effects from Parkinson’s meds. Hallucinations are common, where patients see phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.

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This is what Robin was going through in his final days: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_with_Lewy_bodies#Signs_and_symptoms

While the specific symptoms in a person with DLB will vary, core features of DLB are: fluctuating cognition with great variations in attention and alertness from day to day and hour to hour, recurrent visual hallucinations (observed in 75% of people with DLB), and motor features of Parkinson’s. Suggestive symptoms are rapid eye movement (REM)-sleep behavior disorder and abnormalities detected in PET or SPECT scans.[6]

Parkinson’s features could include shuffling gait, reduced arm-swing during walking, blank expression (reduced range of facial expression), stiffness of movements, ratchet-like cogwheeling movements; low speech volume, sialorrhea and difficulty swallowing. Tremors are less common in DLB than in Parkinson’s disease.[7] DLB patients also often experience problems with orthostatic hypotension, including repeated falls, syncope (fainting), and transient loss of consciousness.

One of the most critical and distinctive clinical features is hypersensitivity to neuroleptic and antiemetic medications that affect dopaminergic and cholinergic systems.[8] In the worst cases, a patient treated with these drugs could become catatonic, lose cognitive function and/or develop life-threatening muscle rigidity.

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/celebrity/robin-williams-suicide-triggered-by-dementia-hallucinations-report-20141111-11kq3l.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829868/Robin-Williams-suicide-triggered-hallucinations-devastating-form-dementia.html

https://tv.yahoo.com/news/report-robin-williams-suicide-triggered-dementia-hallucinations-153500730.html

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2 responses

  1. Oh this is so interesting and very sad. I am particularly interested with a strong family gene for Parkinson’s. Thanks for doing the work! 😎

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