After his tragic death, Robin Williams' secret sadness only came to light

After his tragic death, Robin Williams' secret sadness only came to light ...

Robin Williams was passed away on this day (July 21, 2022) after a long illness. Although he was well-known for his lovable roles such as Aladdins Genie and Dr Patch Adams, he suffered from serious health problems behind the scenes that only became apparent after his tragic passing.

On August 11, 2014, the film industry lost a Hollywood icon when it was discovered that Williams had committed suicide at his California residence.

A comedian, he injected his world-class wit into over 100 films, becoming an inspiration for actors and comedians alike, while bringing roars of joy to cinemas across the world.

Despite his charming characters, he suffered with severe health issues that developed in his later years. Unforutunately, he was only diagnosed after his death.

Robin Williams suffered from depression and anxiety.

According to The Guardian, he was a heavy drinker and cocaine addict in the 80s, but he resigned following the overdose of his friend John Belushi. He admitted that it sobered the s*** out of him.

According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office autopsy report, NBC News later verified that no illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system. However, he was suffering from anxiety, depression, and early stages of Parkinsons Disease at the time of his death.

Susan Schneider, Williams' wife, confirmed that her husband had been clean and sober for eight years when he died in 2021.

He was diagnosed with Parkinsons a year before his death and took medication to alleviate his paranoia.

His brain was tearing apart.

Schneider described his insomnia, spiraling anxiety, and mild depression as a manifestation of Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). She criticized media reports that focused on his battle with addictions rather than the real issue.

We as a culture do not have the vocabulary to talk about brain disorders the way we do about depression. Depression is a symptom of LBD and it is not about psychology it is about neurology. His brain was falling apart, she said.

What is the term Lewy Body Dementia?

LBD is the second most common type of dementia behind Alzheimer's, according to the Parkinsons Foundation. Both have similar symptoms, but their development and treatment are different.

Dr Jennifer Goldman, the head of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders, states that motor symptoms in Parkinsons, such as tremors and stiffness, precede the dementia. In LBD, however, the initial sign is dementia, and motor symptoms follow.

The Oscar-winning actor was reported to have experienced a few ailments, making it difficult to diagnose LBD, which is why the world only knew about his mental health after he died.

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