The End of Tourettes Syndrome Series

I hope you have enjoyed reading about “What is Tourettes Syndrome?” and of the Famous People that have or had suffered from Tourettes Syndrome. Sadly, we have come to the end of our “Tourettes Syndrome Series”. We now begin our “Spina Bifida Series” so please enjoy reading.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Michael Wolff

Michael Wolff was born on 19 September, 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael is an American jazz pianist, composer, and actor. Wolff is the leader of a jazz band, Michael Wolff and Impure Thoughts, which features Indian tabla player Badal Roy, drummer Mike Clark and electric bassist John B. Williams. Wolff has Tourette syndrome he serves on the Board of Directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), and is involved with mentoring children with Tourette’s through the chapters of the TSA.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend James Eisenreich

James Michael Eisenreich was born on 18 April, 1959 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. James Eisenreich is a former major league baseball player utility player with a 15-year career. He played for the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals of the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League. Eisenreich has Tourette syndrome (TS) his condition caused him to go on to the voluntary retirement list between 1984 and 1987 while he was undergoing treatment. Eisenreich resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Leann and four children. They run the Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children with Tourette Syndrome which they founded in 1996. It helps children with TS to achieve personal success.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Dr. Samuel Johnson

Dr. Samuel Johnson LL.D. MA born on 18 September, 1709 and died on 13 December, 1784. Often referred to simply as Dr Johnson, is one of England’s best known literary figures, an essayist, biographer, lexicographer and a critic of English Literature. He was also a great wit and prose stylist, well known for his aphorisms. Johnson had poor eyesight, was hard of hearing and had a scarred face as a result of childhood scrofula. He also had a number of tics and other involuntary movements, the symptoms described by Boswell suggest that Johnson had Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 and died in 1791. In late 1992, the British Medical Journal published an article by endocrinologist Benjamin Simkin, M.D. speculating that Mozart had Tourette Syndrome. Apparently he wrote several letters to his cousin Maria that contained many obscene words, especially words having to do with bodily functions. It has also been documented that he was hyperactive, suffered from mood swings, had tics, and loved made-up words. Despite these behaviors, we will probably never know for certain whether Mozart had TS.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend David Beckham

David Beckham suffers from OCD and it manifests itself through constant cleanliness and perfection of all that is around him. Anything out of order is enough to cause a conflict and must be attended to immediately. Examples of this complete order is that everything must be in pairs, if there are three books on a table one must be added, or one must be removed. Only 2% of the population suffer from this strong OCD.

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Tourettes Syndrome Series-Disabled Legend Dan Ackroyd

Dan Aykroyd was born on Dominion Day at the Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dan was diagnosed with tourette’s and asperger syndromes at an early age, but the symptoms seem to have disappeared when he was around 14. The diagnosis of Asperger syndrome did not exist in the 1960s, when Aykroyd was a preteen. It involved mostly grunting and physical tics through nervousness.

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