The Suicide of Robin Williams Revisited
By H. Steven Moffic, MD;; 11/20/15

Over a year back, the suicide of Robin Williams got a lot of consideration in the media. I think my article, "A Psychiatric Eulogy for Robin Williams," was prominent, not for what I composed, but rather in light of the fact that Mr Williams was an adored figure who passed away so shockingly.

His demise was at the end of the day included noticeably in the news. The widow of Mr Williams, Susan Schneider Williams, proposes Lewy body dementia as a noteworthy reason for the death. It is a test not to miss a general therapeutic reason while tending to indications that seem as though they are psychiatric, particularly when taking a gander at an as of now analyzed psychiatric issue.

There are numerous side effects reflecting ailments that could be either psychiatric or entirely therapeutic (counting neurological). For instance, Composer George Gershwin began to demonstrate some peculiar practices that numerous individuals—including his specialists—accepted to be consideration looking for or "insane." Not long after that (off base) conclusion, he was conceded into the healing facility oblivious and found to have a quickly developing dangerous tumor. Before long, he passed away.

Mr Williams had been looking for treatment for a long time with what was said to be some sort of depressive issue and irregular substance misuse. Toward the end of his life, he was likewise determined to have Parkinson Disease (PD). Some estimated that his depressive side effects came about because of PD, which is treatable to some degree.

Prior to his suicide, Mr Williams' restorative specialists were working up his PD finding and hunting down whatever other neurological issue. It was his therapist who apparently needed to hospitalize him for more broad neuro-mental testing, however Mr Williams can't. Presently, a coroner's report uncovers Lewy body dementia, a genuinely uncommon condition that is hard to analyze. It can likewise look like PD.

In moderate dementia of any sort, the most upsetting period for the patient is the interim between more "ordinary" insight and not really understanding that his reasoning is debilitated. This is the interim of acknowledgment that he is actually losing her psyche or, truly, some portion of the mind.

On the off chance that Mr Williams acknowledged he was losing the capacity to use his bizarrely sharp and innovative mind, his suicide hazard likely expanded. Assuming this is the case, maybe his choice to take his own particular life could be viewed as a "judicious suicide."

Expecting this new data about Mr Williams is precise (or regardless of the possibility that it is not), there is a vital instructive message for both general society and clinicians. Exact determination can be lifesaving.

On the off chance that a persistent's psychiatric side effects intensify for reasons that are not clear, it is vital that we consider other medicinal reasons. That implies utilizing master medicinal meeting and staying aware of our restorative learning. We require more incorporated frameworks in which psychiatric and therapeutic issues can be surveyed all in the same spot.

In the event that Lewy body dementia was analyzed before the passing of Mr Williams, would the suicide have been deflected? Obviously, this is obscure. The moral guideline of skillful consideration requires far reaching assessment, which has turned out to be progressively tested in nowadays of restricted time with patients. To respect him past his expert aptitudes, let us take in some essential medicinal lessons from the life and demise of Robin Williams.




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