What Caused Robin's Suicide? A Battle Within An Extraordinary Mind

Julie Galloway, LPC Registered Play TherapistSix years ago, at the age of 63, Robin Williams, one of the world's most talented comedians, killed himself.  Robin was best known for his ability to make us laugh through his stand-up comedy and movies. He cheered on our sick and our troops and was loved and adored by millions.  He lived the American Dream.

What Caused Robin Williams to Commit Suicide?

The 2020 documentary, Robin’s Wishes, sets the record straight about the journey that led to the actors’s death.  The documentary explored the effects of the neurological disorder, Lewy Body Dementia, that claimed his mind and body.  Sadly, Robin was not diagnosed prior to his death and only through his wife and closest friends are we able to understand just what Robin’s last days were like.

Neurological Disorders are Associated with Suicide

    • These individuals are almost twice as likely to take their own lives than neuro-typical people (Journal of the American Medical Association, February 2020)

    • Suicidal ideation is increased during the early phase of cognitive decline. (NCBI, 2018)

What are the common psychological symptoms associated with Suicide in Neurological Disorders?

  • Anxiety

  • Aggression

  • Depression

  • Paranoia 

  • Insomnia

  • Changes in thinking and reasoning

  • Personality changes

Seeking Help!

If you know someone who might be at risk, contact your nearest emergency room or call the crisis hotline at 337-232-HELP or National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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