Sad To Hear Robin Williams had Parkinson’s Disease

On RadioThe latest news about Robin Williams is that he had early stage Parkinson’s. His wife, Susan Schneider said “her husband had been sober but “not yet ready to share publicly” his struggles with Parkinson’s…he had also been suffering from anxiety and depression.” This BBC article, like so many other news sources describe Parkinson’s Disease as a degenerative neurological disorder/disease and list the following symptoms: tremors and other uncontrollable movements, impaired balance and co-ordination, stiffness, slowness of movement, loss of smell, a decline in intellectual functioning, and speech and swallowing problems. But that isn’t the whole picture. Approximately 50% of PD patients suffer mental health symptoms which include depression and anxiety (I’m one of those 50%). We experience depression and anxiety not because we are bummed out from having this disease. Our depression and anxiety are symptoms of the neurological changes and chemical imbalances in our brain. Considering Robin Williams was dealing with addiction and PD  depression and anxiety — there’s no doubt in my mind that he was engulfed in suffering.


About Robyn Michele Levy

I am an artist, writer, radio broadcaster, performer, mother, breast cancer survivor. I also have Parkinson's disease. My memoir, Most of Me, is available at local and on-line bookstores.
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One Response to Sad To Hear Robin Williams had Parkinson’s Disease

  1. Your insight is invaluable, Robyn.

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