Robin Williams

A beloved celebrity with a mental illness.

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His disease:

The forensic evaluation conducted on Robin William's brain after he committed suicide on August 11, 2014 notes that he had Lewy body dementia, a degenerative condition in which nerves cells in the brain are blocked by protein clumps (bodies) that interfere with function.

About 1.3 million people have Lewy body dementia.

About it:

People with Lewy body dementia develop memory and language problems and also experience vivid hallucinations. However, there is no research showing that hallucinations caused by Lewy body dementia can lead to suicide.

Another Illness:

Williams suffered from chronic depression and was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in November 2013.

atients with Lewy body dementia are sometimes misdiagnosed with Parkinson's, which can lead to doctors to prescribe medications that make Lewy body dementia symptoms worse.

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