In this article we will discuss some of the disabilities that affect current celebrities of the past and present including: mood disorders, Tourette’s, speech differences, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.
Stuttering is frustrating for those affected and will often come and go depending on a number of factors such as anxiety as mentioned above or the pressure felt to “perform.” Most individuals affected by a stutter undergo speech therapy in order to make living with a stutter more bearable; in some cases these individuals are able to overcome their speech difficulties.
Richard Pryor, William Hartnell (English actor known best for playing Doctor Who,) Donna Fargo (country music star,) Clive Burr (Iron Maiden drummer,) Alan Osmond, Margaret Leighton (English actress,) Jonathan Katz, David “Squiggy” Lander, Barbara Jordan (American politician,) Annette Funicello, Montel Williams, David Humm (NFL player,) Jacques Raverat (French painter,) Adam Riedy (US speed skater,) Alison Peebles, Brian Irvine (Scottish soccer player,) Bryan Forbes, Clay Walker, Deborah Bruening, Jacqueline Creed Archer (civil rights activist,) James La Rocca (guitarist,) Joan Sweeney, Kelly Sutton, Madeline Rhue, Natalie Mandzhavidze (NASA physicist,) Neil Cavuto, Robert “Wingnut” Weaver, Wally Wakefield and William Newman.
Schizophrenia is a commonly misunderstood psychiatric disorder in which sufferers experience severe impairments in the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy.
The symptoms of MS are extremely varied, making it a particularly difficult disease to diagnose.
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to: muscle weakness, changes in sensation, bladder and bowel control difficulty, nystagmus, diplopia, optic neuritis, chronic pain syndrome, cognitive impairment, depression, lack of coordination, lack of balance, trouble speaking and trouble swallowing.