Narcolepsy Awareness Video 4: What Is Cataplexy?

by julie on November 27, 2012

I’m so excited to release my new narcolepsy awareness video, “What is Cataplexy?” about this major symptom of narcolepsy that is little known by the general public.  Watch here or on YouTube.

Thank you for watching. Come back soon for a follow-up video on communicating about cataplexy.

Many many thanks to Alex Withrow for his incredible video production! 

Watch All
Watch Video #5: Communicating about Cataplexy
Watch Video #3: Communicating Invisible Symptoms
Watch Video #2: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Watch Video #1: Introduction to Narcolepsy 

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Alex Withrow November 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This one came out nice! And I agree, very important to openly discuss cataplexy and all that comes with it.

Great job, Jules!


julie November 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thank you so much, Alex. Your patience and incredible kindness in working with me to make these videos is truly amazing. I’m so lucky!


rebecca November 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

hi julie!
this is very helpful in making the experience of cataplexy understandable for those
who don’t know what it feels like and it’s great to see on camera! 🙂


julie November 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thank you so much, Rebecca! I love making these videos so I’m thrilled they are well received. Big smiles sent your way!


Bill Olcott January 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Julie, I just yesterday discovered you, your site and the videos. A Wonderful gift to help others understand our strange illness. Thank You! I’m not real sure when my illness started to show itself, but like you it was the cataplexy that lead to an actual diagnosis. I too, started to feel the response in my knees when I was laughing, and it became frequent enough I began to become concerned. I am an educator and was preparing to teach my students about mental health assessment and diagnosis. Going through the DSM IV, I discovered the definition of cataplexy and there it was! Went through a sleep study and was diagnosed.


julie January 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Hi Bill, Thank you for checking out my blog and videos. Sounds like we have lots in common. The journey to diagnosis with narcolepsy is often challenging. Check out my recently published, Wide Awake and Dreaming memoir. I think you’ll relate a lot. Happy New Year, Julie


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