ROBIN WILLIAMS' DEATH HIT FANS AROUND THE WORLD.
INCLUDING ONE IN NORTH IDAHO WHO HAS INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE
OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
IN THE PUBLIC EYE.
KXLY4'S MELISSSA LUCK IS HERE.
YOU SPOKE TO THE GREAT PATTY DUKE TODAY.
SHE'S BEEN CALLED THE POSTER CHILD FOR BI-POLAR DISORDER.
SHE WENT PUBLIC WITH HER BATTLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
MORE THAN 30 YEARS AGO AND TRAVELS THE COUNTRY TALKING
SHE'S SAD TODAY FOR ROBIN WILLIAMS FAMILY - AND, HIS
DEATH HAS REJUVENATED HER MISSION.
NATS OF US TALKING
BEING IN PATTY DUKE'S NORTH IDAHO HOME IS LIKE VISITING
YOUR FAVORITE AUNT.
THE ONE WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH - AND, MAKES YOU FEEL
WELCOME EVERY TIME.
NATS OF US TALKING
SHE GOES BY HER GIVEN NAME ANNA.
AND, SOMETIMES YOU FORGET YOU'RE IN THE COMPANY OF
NATS/WINNING OSCAR FROM FILE PKG
IN THE CLIPS FROM THOSE DAYS, YOU SEE HER HAPPY, SMILING
- ON TOP OF THE WORLD.
BUT SHE WAS HIDING A TERRIBLE SECRET.
The minute I walked through the door, If there was
a kid around, he'd get smacked.
People don't think Patty Duke could have done that
- but, she did.
She was so filled with pain and the need to be perfect.
ON HER MANIC STATE.
SHE WAS HIGHER THAN HIGH - SHE ONCE BOUGHT 3 MERCEDES
IN A SINGLE DAY.
ON HER LOWEST DAYS.
SOT @ :19
It helped me to learn that kind of sensation that
says there is nothing left - I am only a burden to
the people I love.
So, let me get out of that.
SHE WAS FINALLY DIAGNOSED IN 1982.
THE FIRST MAJOR CELEBRITY TO ADMIT BEING BI-POLAR.
MEDICATION BROUGHT STABILITY - AND, PEACE.
SOT @ :01
I had no idea what it was going to do to my career.
But, I really was at a point where I didn't care.
SHE MET ROBIN WILLIAMS JUST ONCE.
BUT THE TWO SHARED SEVERAL THINGS IN COMMON.
AN ACADEMY AWARD, A LEGION OF ADORING FANS.
AND, MENTAL ILLNESS.
WHILE MOST OF US FELT SAD YESTERDAY...
The first thing I did was scream No No No! BUTT TOGETHER
when I heard it was suicide.
the rage in me came out.
RAGE - THAT MORE ISN'T DONE TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE WILLIAMS
FOR YEARS, ANNA HAS TRAVELED THE COUNTRY, BRINGING
HOPE TO THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.
SOT @ 23;50;04
I am also going to enlist every citizen I can to reach
out to their representative in congress and say -
we're not kidding anymore.
SHE HOPES THAT FUNDING WILL LEAD TO MORE PSYCHIATRISTS,
MORE RESEARCH, AN END TO THE STIGMA.
MORE PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE MEDICATION AS THE WAY OUT.
SOT @ 35;29;17
even in his death, he's making a mark.
He's inspiring us to do more - I wish it would have
worked for him.
WE ASKED ANNA.
DOES SHE THINK HER DECISION TO COME FORWARD WITH HER
ILLNESS SO LONG AGO AFFECTED HER CAREER - WE'LL TELL
YOU HER ANSWER TONIGHT ON KXLY4 NEWS AT SIX.