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Although actor Robin Williams died by suicide, underlying cause of his death was a rare brain disease called Lewy Body Dementia, according to his widow. The disease caused Williams to experience hallucinations and other debilitating neurological symptoms, including depression, Susan Schneider Williams, widow of the late actor, told People magazine in a recent interview. An Autopsy released in 2014 confirmed that the actor had the disease, but this is the first time that his condition has been discussed in detail. It was not depression that killed Robin, Schneider Williams said in an interview. Depression was one of, let's call it 50 symptoms, and it was a small one. But whereas other Neurological Disorders are well know, few people have heard of Lewy Body Dementia. Though the disease can cause symptoms similar to those seen with Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body Dementia is caused by abnormal buildup of different proteins from one that is linked with Alzheimer's. Lewy Body Dementia was discovered in the early 1900s, when researcher Frederic Lewy, who worked in the laboratory of neurologist Alois Alzheimer, found abnormal buildup in brain tissue of Dementia patients. Today, disease affects 1. 4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. A 2013 study in the journal Archives of Neurology found that men are about twice as likely as women to develop the disease. Condition occur when lewy bodies, or clumps of protein called alpha synuclein, build up in the brain. No one knows why lewy bodies accumulate, but they are also found in the brains of people with Parkinson's disease, and in the brains of those with Alzheimer's. Lewy Body Dementia can cause visual hallucinations; rigid movements and motor problems similar to those found in people with Parkinson's disease; sleep disorders; anxiety; interruptions in ability to pay attention; and loss of memory, according to the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke. As in Williams case, disease can also fuel depression. Lewy Body Dementia can mimic other diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are still trying to figure out how Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia may be relate. Although abnormal processing of alpha - synuclein plays a role in both diseases, Parkinson's disease seems to preferentially occur in the brain area called substantia nigra, almond - shaped region in the mid - brain responsible for reward, addiction and movement, whereas Lewy Body Dementia tends to occur more diffusely, throughout the brain, according to Alzheimer's Association. Still, up to 80 percent of Parkinson's patients go on to develop some type of Dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Currently, if people develop a movement disorder known as Parkinsonism and then do not develop Dementia within a year, they are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. If they do develop Dementia within a year, their condition is classified as Lewy Body Dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association. There is no cure for Lewy Body Dementia, and the disease is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time.

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The grim details

Wednesday, Feb. 7 2018 - fans around the world were shocked when comedian Robin Williams took his own life in 2014. But tragedy didn't stop there: Researchers believe his grim death spawned a rash of copycat suicides. In five months after Williams hung himself inside his California home, US suicides go up nearly 10 percent, according to a new study. During that same time period, rates of death by suffocation rose by 32 percent. All other methods of suicide go up by 3 percent, researchers say. The increases were greatest among men aged 30 to 44. Suicide is very complex and it arises from a confluence of factors, says study lead author David Fink, of Columbia University's School of Public Health in New York City. But Fink says when someone like Robin Williams kills himself, way that death is reported and covered by both traditional and social media may contribute to an increase in suicides. Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein agrees that hearing about other people's suicides can boost the risk of suicide in vulnerable people. Although this study can't make a definitive case for cause and effect, we do know that there's what's referred to as contagion when there's suicide in immediate family, in school or in the community, or by public figure, Borenstein say. He's president and CEO of Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in New York City because Robin Williams was such a beloved person publicly, his suicide really received a lot of attention, and that may have increased the risk for other people to attempt suicide, Borenstein add. Williams was 63 when he died in August 2014. He had a history of depression, but had also been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. However, his dementia diagnosis wasn't reported at the time of his death, according to researchers. For the study, researchers reviewed suicide data from 1999 through 2015 in the United States. From August 2014 through December 2014, their statistical analysis projected that there should be just under 17 000 suicides. Instead, there were just under 18 700 suicides. That meant there were more than 1 800 unexpected suicides during that time.

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