Jeremy Stenberg: Tourette Syndrome Interview

We met him in an earlier post (Celebrities with Tourette Syndrome (TS)) but we decided to post this Jeremy Stenberg interview because it is instructive and inspiring. It paints a portrait of a young man living with TS who embraced his condition and who is very successful at what he does.

This interview is lifted from a newsletter issued by the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA). TSA is an organization which leads public education and awareness campaigns on TS. It also funds research focused on understanding the disease (particularly what causes it) and the ways by which it can be cured.

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Celebrities With Tourette Syndrome

Named after French doctor Georges Gilles de la Tourette, who was the first person to describe it and its symptoms, Tourette syndrome is a condition characterized by repetitive persistent involuntary movements and vocalizations. According to a the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), one of every 360 American children ages 6 through 17 years old have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.

Tourette’s is found to co-occur with other mental health, behavioral, or developmental condition. Specifically, a CDCP study found that 86% of children with Tourette’s have also been diagnosed with any of the following: Continue reading “Celebrities With Tourette Syndrome”

Celebrities With Graves Disease: Survivors, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Celebrities With Graves Disease. We continue blogging about celebrities focusing this time on famous people who are living with Graves Disease, a disorder in the immune system which results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones.

It’s symptoms include the following:

  • hyperactivity
  • mood swings – such as anxiety, irritability and nervousness
  • insomnia
  • feeling tired all the time (fatigue)
  • muscle weakness
  • needing to pass stools or urine more frequently
  • excess fats in your stools – which can make them greasy and difficult to flush down the toilet (steatorrhoea)
  • sensitivity to heat and excess sweating
  • unexplained or unexpected weight loss – despite having an increased appetite (though in a small number of cases, the increase in appetite can lead to weight gain)
  • very infrequent or light periods, or periods stopping altogether
  • infertility
  • loss of interest in sex, reduced libido, or erectile dysfunction

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