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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 protein 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 affected 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 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 know 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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An elusive and insidious disease

Alzheimer's disease and Dementia are two diseases that many Americans are all too familiar with, but there is another Dementia that plagued the late comedian Robin Williams. It might be the most common disease youve ever heard of, says Dr. James Galvin, professor of neurology and director of Lewy Body Dementia Research Center of Excellence at University of Miamis Miller School of Medicine. Williams had Lewy Body Dementia, which his family learnt only after his death. It is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimers or Parkinsons disease due to its early similarity to those other neurodegenerative diseases. That unfortunate misconception is one focus of Robins Wish, documentary released September 1 about the final days of Williams, before he died by suicide in 2014. Affecting about 1. 4 million Americans, Lewy body dementia, which includes Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinsons disease Dementia are the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Dementia is a disorder of mental processes characterized by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning due to brain disease or injury. Lewy Body Dementia is associated with accumulation of protein called alpha-synuclein that build up and deposits inside of cells and some classic areas in the brain, say Dr. Ford Vox, medical director of the Disorders of Consciousness Program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta and contributor for CNN. Parkinsons disease Dementia, other Lewy Body Dementia, starts as a movement disorder but progresses to include Dementia and mood and behavioral changes. When working properly, alpha-synuclein which is typically present in the brain and in small amounts in the heart, muscle and other tissues might play a role in regulating neurotransmitters. But when this protein aggregates and forms masses within the brain, consequences are severe. Most common symptoms of LBD include impaired thinking, fluctuations in attention, problems with movement, visual hallucinations, sleep disorders, behavioral and mood issues and changes in bodily functions such as the ability to control urinating. Over time, people with LBD lose layer upon layer of that life that youve build, says Angela Taylor, senior director of Research and advocacy at Lewy Body Dementia Association. That is what happened to Williams, who had been diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2013. It wasnt until his autopsy that his widow, Susan Schneider Williams, learned he actually had LBD. The film highlights how the disease devastated Williams ' health. My husband had unknowingly been bottling a deadly disease, Schneider Williams say in the documentarys trailer. Nearly every region of his brain was under attack. He experience himself disintegrating. CNN founder Ted Turner is also battling the disease, as he revealed in a 2018 interview. Experiences of dysfunction and ambiguity are common for many patients and their families. Here is what disease really is, why it difficult to identify and how it damages people's lives. The first published cases of Lewy Body Dementia occurred in the mid-1960s, but it took two decades for the disorder to be recognized by medical researchers.

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Sorting through the symptoms

Some patients exhibit movement disorders that doctors first diagnosed as Parkinsons disease. If those patients later develop Dementia, they would then be diagnosed with Parkinsons disease Dementia. Others may begin with cognitive or memory disorders mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. More specific changes in their cognitive function over time can lead to diagnosis of Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Rarely will some individuals first show neuropsychiatric symptoms, which can include hallucinations, behavioral problems and difficulty with mental activities. When those appear simultaneously, that can prompt initial diagnosis of LBD. To specifically and accurately diagnose a person with LBD, doctors have to ask the right questions about his symptoms, Vox say. Delusions for Alzheimer's patients might occur late in disease and be ill-form, appearing as paranoia or mistrust such as thinking spouse is cheating. For LBD patients, delusions happen earlier and are well-form misidentifications, such as looking at love one and thinking she has been replaced by an identical impostor. More detailed assessment, Galvin say, easier to separate out conditions. Because Lewy Body proteins ca be tested like Alzheimer's proteins can, cases of LBD are often diagnosed during hospitalization for something else, Vox say. Or diagnosis can happen postmortem, when family request autopsy for closure, to gain more context for any doubts or to donate brain for research, Taylor say.

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A hard illness to diagnose

Subtle early problems can include loss of smell, acting out dreams, dizziness when standing up, constipation and anxiety. In a 2016 article about Robin Williams ' experience titled Terrorist Inside My Husbands ' Brain, his widow Susan Schneider Williams highlighted gastrointestinal issues and anxiety as early unexplained changes. Early memory and thinking problems in Lewy Body Dementia can also be subtle. They include new trouble concentrating, difficulty multitasking or challenges with visual skills. Fluctuations are characteristic of Lewy Body Dementia. This means that sometimes, people living with illness have minimal thinking problems. At other times, they can be very confused. These ups and downs can make it hard to figure out what is wrong. Hallucinations, paranoia and delusions are also symptoms. These are particularly troubling for people experiencing them and for families. Hallucinations are when people experience something that is not really there, often seeing people or animals that are actually present. Delusions are when a person believes something false but cannot be convinced of the truth. Examples include incorrectly thinking that there is a stranger in the house, or that spouse is having an affair. Robins Wish details how Robin Williams was worried that something had happened to his friend in the middle of night, and it was hard to convince him otherwise.

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