Robin Williams, a much-loved and celebrated actor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s not long before his death. But after his death, it turned out that the actor actually suffered from Lewy body dementia. His son Zak says in the podcast that he saw how the Parkinson’s diagnosis greatly frustrated his father. “What he experienced did not match what many other Parkinson’s patients go through,” it sounds. “He felt frustrated. He couldn’t focus properly, and that bothered him too. He also had problems associated with how he felt. And from a neurological perspective, he didn’t feel great. He was much more troubled by anxiety and depression. From what he went through and what he told me, I realized it was uncomfortable for him.”
The man thinks the misdiagnosis has made the situation worse for his father. “The drugs used are no joke. They weigh heavily physically and mentally. The diagnosis was different from the disease, so I think this may be one of those situations where you take medication but only experience the side effects. It was a period of intense frustration,” says Zak. “I wanted to be there for him every day, because such a diagnosis can be very isolating, even though you are with your family and your loved ones.
Robin’s suicide also had serious consequences for Zak. “I tried to overcome the trauma through alcohol. But instead it just created extra, big, problems,” it sounds. The man says he went to a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with ‘post-traumatic stress disorder’. Through a twelve-step program and group therapy he got his ” life is finally back on track.
According to Zak, it is important to talk about this because it is often still a taboo – especially for men. “I think a lot of men feel isolated, and don’t have the right outlets,” it sounds. That’s why Zak is committed to organizations that work on mental health. to heal a trauma.”