Howie Mandel’s health: Star’s ‘disorders’ prompted family ‘to seek therapy’


Recently, Howie’s behavior has raised concerns about his mental health. On TikTok, he bizarrely posted a disgusting video of a prolapsed anus to his 9.9 million followers – prompting people to write Tweets regarding his mental state. While that doesn’t necessarily explain his behavior, the star has said in the past that he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is linked to acting without thinking.

Mandel told ADDitude in March this year that his behavior was affecting his family relationships.

He said: “My wife and children have been in therapy because of the problems my disorder has caused.”

ADHD, which is more common in boys than girls, is normally diagnosed in childhood.

According to the NHS, his symptoms on the hyperactivity side include little or no sense of danger, constant restlessness and an inability to concentrate on tasks. Meanwhile, on the attention deficit side, sufferers seem unable to carry out instructions.

They are also prone to constantly changing activities and may have organizational problems.

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“For me, there is no cure. I will always have to manage the symptoms and develop coping skills,” Mandel explained.

“I take medication and do psychotherapy.”

In addition to receiving therapy and medication, certain behaviors can help people with ADHD, including breathing exercises and listening to music.

The NHS also recommends that people with the disease “take off steam by exercising regularly”.


In addition to his ADHD, the Gremlins voiceover actor described his struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

OCD occurs when people have intrusive thoughts that cause extreme or unusual behaviors.

Mandel, who is said to be intensely afraid of germs, explained that he doesn’t shake people’s hands because he views hands as a “Petri dish” – covered in bacteria, he told 20/20 . That’s why when you see him on TV, he punches his fist instead of shaking hands.

His baldness is also a product of the condition. He shaves his head because he “just feels cleaner”.

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New research on OCD

The condition has been linked to higher levels of a protein found in white blood cells called immuno-moodulin.

Researchers from Queen Mary University in London found that mice with high levels of the substance had increased levels of anxiety and stress and did more digging and excessive grooming.

They also tested immuno-moodulin levels in people with and without OCD. According to research, levels of this substance were about six times higher in people with OCD.

The study was published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity in 2020.


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