The latest on the death of Robin Williams that can shed some light on why he took his life is that according to CTV news published today, “Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide.
His widow said he was struggling with depression, anxiety, and the Parkinson's diagnosis which is news to the world because Robin Williams was not ready to reveal to the public about his Parkinson's diagnosis.
Robin was upbeat with his friends not letting them see his depression but he was depressed and the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease was yet another demon he could not bear.
We know Parkinson's disease is an incurable nervous system disorder that involves a loss of brain cells controlling mobility. The symptoms often start with shaking in one hand. It can also cause rigidity and stiff walking, slow and labored speech and dementia. Unfortunately, the symptoms get worst over time.
Dr. Tanya Simuni, director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Northwestern University's medical school in Chicago said patients are often surprised and depressed to hear about the diagnosis in the early stages of the disease.
This new information solves some of the mystery behind the suicide of Robin Williams The comedian and actor’s health issues had just become too overwhelming for him and as he looked towards the future he did not see a quality of. In other words, he did not see anything worth living for.
Perhaps he did not want his love ones to suffer watching him as he suffered with Parkinson’s disease.
Furthermore, he knew there was no cure for his disease and this must have gotten the best of him. Again these are all theories because their is no mention that Robin Williams left a suicide note. That being the case we can only try to imagine what might have been going through his mind at the time he took his life. While still others have speculated that it was because of financial troubles that tipped him over the edge.
Many of us cannot understand suicide. We do not understand why Robin Williams and other like him could take their own lives.
However, none of us can judge his actions and his state of mind. Clinical depression is a serious disease on its own which is best left up the clinically psychologists, psychiatrists and trained medical personnel.
If there is any good to come out of the aftermath of the suicide that shocked the world, it would have to be that more public awareness about mental health issues and suicide will be forthcoming.
So many people we know in our everyday lives suffer from incurable physical diseases, depression or other forms of mental illness. Instead of shunning them, dismissing them, laughing at them, or judging them in anyway, reach out to them and perhaps we can save the life of even just one person.