This week in SciShow News we dissect what a Lewy Body is and what they are capable of doing.
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My brother got diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 29. He's 40 now and just got diagnosed with dementia a few months ago. He's been dealing with hallucinations for years now. Sadly it's probably Lewy body. It's heartbreaking to watch him rapidly go downhill.
Antipsychotic medication exasperate the problems of psychotics/psychosis over time thy r only good for short time use form the symptoms of these disorders.
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evelyn273 A diagnosis can be made with some degree of certainty but it can't be 100% confirmed without autopsy. As in examining brain tissue under a microscope. Hard to do on someone whos still alive...
a horrible disease so frightening for the person my mom is quickly declining and it's just awful executive functions gone in the snap of a finger, mood swings if you can call it that night and day lost ability to walk without assistance , fits if fright then swings to aggressiveness completely powerless to help awful awful disease
As it turns out, Robin was suffering from all of those symptoms. His Wife just released an essay about Robin's last days, and she listed every one of them. Shame they couldn't have figured it out earlier. At least then, he could have had some understanding as to what was causing his problems, and maybe come to terms with it. Possibly even work to raise awareness of it's existence.
Great video, thank you. However, you mentioned Lewy Body dementia is hard to treat as people are sensitive to anti psychotic medication. It is recommended anti psychotics are avoided when a diagnosis of Lewy Body dementia is made. Recommended pharmacological treatment includes cholinesterase inhibitors, which assist in reducing agitation, reducing psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment.
It's sad that the death of a famous person put LBD in the spotlight because it's not a new disease. My father passed away from it in 2013 after a 5 year battle quietly at home with his family. Williams death was not peaceful. A hanging is a violent way to die and I feel sorry for his kids having to live with what he did but I'm sure they put on a brave face of understanding. We as a society make these "stars" seem godlike and we put them on a pedestal and forget that they are human.
Excellent presentation. Clear, concise and well spoken. Explains it well and accurately. My mom was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. She too had all the symptoms described here. She lived with my family, with her disease, for 8 years, slowly getting worse and worse. The hallucinations were demonic and horrific. She is finally at peace. This is one evil disease...........
Thanks for making this. My dad had Lewy Body dementia and died in the late 90s when I was 18. There was so little information around then and it was hard understanding what was going on. I know many of the symptoms and drug side effects were terrifying for him. I've just shown this to my 75yr old mother and she's so happy to see more awareness of it and to get more of an understanding of what went on.
The fact that dementia is diagnosed when it is already to late is of course an error that we are still trying to figure out. Most times it is diagnosed after death. Technology is slow in the advancement of figuring out dementia and early treatable diagnosis. I don't think I will see it in my lifetime at least....When dealing with such a difficult disease it brings up a lot of ethical considerations. For one, having a good relationship with a doctor over a period of time develops a relationship. This can help so that the doctor can look for any changes in the patient. Of course, by the time any symptom shows it is already too late. If we are going to cute this disease we need to do so before any symptoms show up! Anyways, the doctor may catch the early warning signs of dementia and start treatment early to further delay any advancements.
+Sidd Well for one, the doctors better be looking out for their patients and detect accurately early. I know there could be malpractice issues involved for the sake of the doctor in diagnosing. I know misdiagnosing will be common in the beginning and all throughout the process. It still occurs daily for so many people. Also, medication prices for treating the disease may be of ethical relevance. If prices are higher just so the companies that provide them can earn more, some americans without insurance won't have access. I only say this because it is the case for many people today for any ailment.
+Sidd I had learned this in both my neurpsyc class and Healthcare ethics class. In relation to advancement, yeah I do agree that we have come so far. I know that there will be ethical dilemmas that follow this advancement once we find a cure.
+Emily Johnson Where did you get this information from? It is true that technology is a bit slow in advancement but it is also very far ahead. Just think, we can already identify many types of dementias.
I still think Robin Williams was murdered. His wife's alibi wasn't very put together. Even if he was hallucinating, that wouldn't explain how he was able to hang himself. And why would you cremated the body? Love you SciShow, keep up the great work!
You all should do a video about suicide. Although a somewhat depressing subject, it would be interesting to see why or how the brain can talk oneself into thinking that self-destruction is the way to go...or something less depressing like self-destructive plants or insects.
Thank you so much for shedding some awareness on this. My grandmother suffers from this and it gives me a little reassurance to know more about it and know this may reach others with more means than myself to find a cure. My grandma will be 70 this March and until 8 months ago she lived by herself and could drive, she suddenly started having severe hallucinations and had to be moved to an assisted care home and can't walk or feed herself. It's a terrible thing for a person to have to go through and it's scary to know that even the strongest people you know can be brought down by small biological malfunctions. I hope this spreads like a virus
My grandfather had it, and it was terrible. He was in top physical condition prior to it, so he stayed alive for over a decade after the symptoms started, but like many people with relatives with Alzheimer's know, it's tough to see that sharp, funny and creative person turn in to a shell who barely knows his children, has trouble with his first language and needs help to go to the bathroom.
Hallucinations can occur in advanced stages of PD, I recently read a research article on trying to locate the source of dysfunction in the brain. Unless those patients were wrongly diagnosed and really suffer from Lewy body dementia?
My Mom had Parkinson's and she started 'seeing ' people who weren't there. Also , hearing conversations with people's names in it that she knew, but the people talking did not know.
( Example, nurses in hospice are having a conversation and she hears her granddaughters named over and over) Maybe she actually had Lewy Body too? Doctor's 'try' all kinds of medications on people to 'try' to help but the fact is, each individual will react to medications in a different way and sometimes those medications actually exacerbate their problems.
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I'm curious if Lewy bodies(?) can be found with other dementias? Meaning can you have Lewy Body dementia, as well as another type...basically, while the family had agreed to donate my dad's brain, to dementia research, when he died, my mom changed her mind, and I'm wondering about symptoms my father displayed.
Thank you SciShow for bringing awareness to this disease. I know it only because I know someone with this diagnosis. It's a horrible disease, rough on him and his family. Here's hoping for a cure someday!
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I've looked into it, and as far as I can tell the stuff we lose while menstruating is reabsorbed in estrous species. Dogs and cattle bleed at the beginning of heat... apparently as a side effect with no use? Like, the blood just rushes to genitals so much the veins leak? Why?
SciShow staff, I think your work might help my family. My grand-ma has been diagnosed several years ago with PD and depression, and for a year or so she has slided into full dementia that doctors put on the account of old age.
Except that what she has is full on what you are describing here. I've looked at specialized websites, and it does sound like she has been misdiagnosed from starters :/
I just notified my mother of this possibility, and she said she will read what I have found, but she doesn't know how to say to doctors that they might have been wrong :/
Anyway, even if it turns out it's not what she has, I want to thank you for talking about this, and raising awareness about illnesses.
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