The nonverbals of Parkinson’s Disease are fairly easy to spot when this disorder of the nervous system develops to a certain stage.
One of the first things you’ll notice is the way the afflicted person’s hands will shake or twitch. The shaking is hardly noticeable at first. And as time goes by the disease progresses and the shaking becomes more pronounced.
The last several times that I’ve seen Bill Clinton speak I noticed he was experiencing tremors in his hands. They aren’t constant. However, they have become more noticeable over the last year or so.
There is also something called an “Essential Tremor”. It isn’t Parkinson’s but an uneducated medical eye like mine may mistake it for the signs of the nonverbals of Parkinson’s Disease.
In this gif the thumb of his right hand has a lot going on independently of the rest of his fingers. Take a look at his left hand, and you will see the less noticeable tremor in his index and middle fingers.
Bill Clinton’s Past Nonverbals
I’m not a doctor so obviously there’s no way I can say for sure Bill Clinton has Parkinson’s Disease or not. And by the same token I can’t tell you if the nonverbals he’s showing are Essential Tremors or not. But I can tell you this… Something is neurologically “off” concerning Bill Clinton.
Taking a close look at Bill Clinton’s nonverbal cues from his speeches in the past, I didn’t see much of anything in the tremors department. However, as he puts on his reading glasses the gif above shows you how that has changed.
When holding up and reading a newspaper, or a small group of papers as Bill is here, the tremors become noticeable to most everyone.
It’s Not Just The Nonverbals Of Parkinson’s Disease
Along with the gifs I’ve also put together a video of the edits with sound, so you can see and hear how his enunciation of some specific words has changed dramatically.
In some of the words he uses in the video clip you’ll notice the “th” sound has become the “d” sound. For example he will say “wedder” instead of “whether”. And “udder” instead of “other”.
This Video Shows More Clips With Sound
Here you can see the gifs in their video form. You can also hear the speech anomalies I was referring to as well.
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