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The Daily Echo: O Captain My Captain ….. October 17, 2016

October 17, 2016

In 2014 we lost a wonderful soul….. Robin Williams was the medicine many of us needed to get through difficult times…. Laughter is the best medicine… Unfortunately Robin was stricken with what we now know what a disease that goes unnoticed many times. The laughter he allowed us all to have could not be his… Many believed that Robin Williams took his own life in 2014 after a long battle with depression, but in one of her first interviews since his death, his widow, Susan Schneider, argued that Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) caused him to commit suicide. “It was not depression that killed Robin,” Susan told People magazine. “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.”

So how did this eventually lead to his death?

DLB is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia after Alzheimer’s but also one of the most frequently misdiagnosed. It occurs when protein deposits called Lewy bodies develop in nerve cells in regions of your brain involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control), according to Mayo Clinic. This build up causes a progressive decline in mental abilities, leading to fluctuations in mental status, hallucinations and impairment of motor function.

In today’s Echo CJ Chan does a remarkable job helping us all remember the man Robin Williams and the joy he brought..

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