August 13th, 2014
09:45 PM ET

Brain scans reveal link between addiction and depression

Many are wondering how actor and comedian Robin Williams could have been so successful while dealing with so many personal struggles.

In 2010, Williams spoke openly about his battle with depression and addiction and even thoughts of ending his life.

"When I was drinking, there was only one time, where even for a moment, I thought: 'F*** life.' But then even my conscience brain went, did you really just say f*** life?
Okay let's put the suicide over here as "discussable." Let's leave that over here in the 'discussion' area. We'll talk about that. First of all you don't have the balls to do it, I'm not going to say it out loud, I mean have you thought about buying a gun, no. What are you going to do, cut your wrist with a water pick? Maybe."

OutFront, neuro-psychiatrist Doctor Daniel Amen and Anson Williams who played Potsie on television sitcom "Happy Days," one of the first shows to launch Robin Williams' career.

Williams guest starred as the alien Mork, a character that would prove to be so popular it led to the spinoff "Mork and Mindy."

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  1. Elliott Cunningham-white

    This link has been around for many years. It's surprising how often i see studies only recently done providing – yes more, but unneeded – evidence towards a common (i thought) fact.
    Forms of depression come from a lack of proper hormone control, be it secretion or absorption in certain area's of the brain and perhaps body too.
    Addiction can be caused by those who have this problem either not at all or just slightly then having a high of these much needed hormones to feel happiness and want it as often as possible. But over time the brain dulls out this sensation putting into "this is just normal now" situation where the synapse' sensitivity decreases. Thus causing a state apparent in those born with depression.

    Of course this is minor detail writen by a 17 year old, there is much more to it and many other examples.

    August 14, 2014 at 8:23 am | Reply
  2. Mike

    It should be noted, these SPECT scans are "functional images", not actual pictures. the holes & open spaces in diseased conditions depict lack of or lower levels of function in those areas, not actual holes in the brain. It also means these holes can be filled in as a person's brain regains more functionality in those areas.

    August 14, 2014 at 12:50 am | Reply

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