It doesn’t get the press that Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s do, but Lewy Body Dementia is a truly devastating disease, afflicting both body and mind. Acclaimed actor and comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed
“Williams was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in May 2014. However, upon consultation with a neurologist, Williams was informed that he had neither Alzheimer’s nor was he schizophrenic. In fact, he encountered “nearly all of the 40-plus symptoms of LBD, except for one.” In a piece the actor-comedian’s widow, Susan Schneider, wrote for Neurology, she states her husband never said he had hallucinations. Nevertheless, doctors later noted he might have been concealing symptoms from those close to him, suffering in silence. After Williams’ death, Schneider consulted four doctors who all agreed the case was the “worse pathologies they had seen.”
The finding of Lewy Body Dementia was only made after Williams’ death.
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