Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease

The devastating news of Robin Williams’ death sparked a robust national discussion about depression and suicide. But a recent public statement from his family revealed that Mr. Williams was also in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. That, in turn, shifted the conversation to the potential link between Parkinson’s and depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Recent Parkinson’s … Continue reading Watch: The connection between mental health and Parkinson’s disease

Pastor: My respect for Robin Williams has never been stronger

I see so many people posting heartfelt pieces of wisdom on the social media sites that I frequent. It goes something like, “Treat everyone with kindness because you never know what burdens they are carrying.”  That cliché has taken on new meaning in the wake of Robin Williams’ death last week. First, let me say … Continue reading Pastor: My respect for Robin Williams has never been stronger

Headlines: Robin Williams, Ebola, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Here’s a sampling of health news articles in Texas and beyond: We now know that Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease when he committed suicide on Monday. The Washington Post reports that the two conditions often go hand in hand. The Post also notes that the actor and comedian’s tragic death … Continue reading Headlines: Robin Williams, Ebola, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Isolation: The true culprit behind Robin Williams’ suicide

Any suicide is an imponderable, if not unconscionable thing.  It becomes all the more difficult to grasp in the life of one who seemingly has it all. Robin Williams had talent, success, fame and wealth. He had around him people who loved him, who cared for him quite deeply. There were, undoubtedly, many who would … Continue reading Isolation: The true culprit behind Robin Williams’ suicide

The Third-Leading Cause of Death for 15 to 24-Year-Olds

This week was National Suicide Prevention Week, and the Level 1 Trauma Center at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas had a special focus on suicide prevention to reduce injury. On average, one person dies by suicide every 16 minutes, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-old Americans. A study published … Continue reading The Third-Leading Cause of Death for 15 to 24-Year-Olds