- Posted August 14, 2014 by
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Parkinson's? Perhaps not.
I've suffered from major depression and general anxiety for many years now. Finally, now almost 30, I've sought treatment. First, doctors prescribed Prozac. It certainly made me feel better. It also had side effects: myoclonus and tremor. Myoclonus is when your limbs jerk for no reason. The higher my dose, the worse it got. The tremor went from mild to constant. After speaking with five different doctors, finally a neurologist recognized the problem as being related to the anti-depressant (since it isn't listed as a side effect). So they took me off of the Prozac, and put me on Zoloft. At higher doses, the same problem. At extreme levels, this is called Serotonin Syndrome and can lead to death. If Robin Williams was recently suffering from the symptoms of major depression, it is likely he also recently was either prescribed anti-depressants, or his current dose was increased. This has the possibility to cause the tremor and limb jerking.