The 38-year-old added that his father found it difficult to concentrate and was “very uncomfortable”. He continued, “There were issues with how he was feeling and also from a neurological point of view he was not feeling well.”
The actor’s son also revealed that the medications Robin was taking were “very hard on the mind and body.” He said that what he felt for his father was “beyond empathy” and the son was “frustrated”.
Zak said, “It can be really isolating even when you are with your family and loved ones.” Only two years passed between Robin’s misdiagnosis and his death. Zak said of this period: “It seemed a lot longer than it actually was because it was a period of intense research and frustration for him.”
After his father’s death, Zak said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and turned to alcohol to cope. But later he got help through a 12-step addiction recovery program, as well as group therapy, he shared. Zak is now CEO of Prepare Your Mind, a wellness and anxiety relief product he worked on after his father died. He is also a mental health advocate.