On Sunday, June 24, 2012, 10pm ET, National Geographic Channel will air Taboo: Strange Behavior featuring narcolepsy with cataplexy. Watch a short video preview of National Geographic Channel Taboo: Strange Behavior featuring Narcolepsy here.
This preview highlights cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy when emotions (humor, annoyance, joy, anger) causes loss of muscle tone without loss of consciousness. The individual remains conscious and fully aware of their surroundings and can hear everything around them, but is unable to respond because their body is temporarily paralyzed. To learn more, click here.
The segment features Dee, a wonderful man and brave narcolepsy advocate. Thank you, Dee and National Geographic Channel for raising awareness about narcolepsy, a neurological disorder affecting 1 in 2,000 people, about 3 million worldwide.
Please note: narcolepsy is not a one-size-fits all diagnosis. No two people with narcolepsy’s experience is the same. Not eveyrone experiences all the symptoms, nor to the same degree. Some people are more responsive than others to the current medications available to reduce symptoms and manage quality of life. If you know someone with narcolepsy, ask them what their experience with symptoms and treatment has been. Do not assume everyone’s case is the same. With successful treatment and symptom management, many people with narcolepsy are overcoming adversity to live successful full lives!