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A Good Example of PD Masking

Posted Feb 05 2010 12:10pm

After watching the video I just postedGail and I both noted how ticked-off I look.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  I’m in a GREAT mood.  (I’m eating CASSEROLE fer chrissakes!)

This is about as good an example of Parkinson’s disease facies (or “facial masking”) as I have ever produced.

A description from my Parky Pal and fellow PD Community “Top Blogger” on WellsphereMary K. (aka “Bibmomma”)…

My face represents my personal identity. It is my way of communicating and expressing emotions. People have said that I look sad or angry when I feel quite the opposite.

A recent Tufts University study found that individuals whose emotions were masked by PD were perceived as less intelligentsocially savvy and trustworthy than other patients.

My face has aged with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Sometimes when I see my reflection in the mirrorI can’t recognize the person staring back at me. I have that blank PD facial mask that doesn’t truly convey my thoughts and feelings. My outside often doesn’t match my inside.

You’re not aloneKate…  Here’s a pic of me from when I was 18.

I had quite the lovely smile.  (And hair.)  Here’s another from when I was 33 (and in a Milwaukee production of the musical “Sugar Babies.”

QUITE the expressive face.  But when you look at the screen cap photo from the video I shot earlier today… that’s me“emoting” for the camera.  And I look angry.

I’m not an angry guy.  Never have been.  In facteven with PDI tend to see the humor in things and not let myself get particularly upset about the degradation of my condition or the speed at which it’s happening.

Stillas Kate saysit’s shocking to look in the mirror and see this old person looking back at you… not just oldbut either expressionlesssad or angry.

I always thought fat people were supposed to be jolly!

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