In this fast-paced world, a lot can happen in a minute. Good or bad, real or imaginary, the image of the time we’re in makes everything seem so possible. Movies and TV shows allow us to see what fantasy looks like when it becomes someone’s reality. Take, for example, Groat’s disease. Have you heard of this fictional condition? Let this article tell you what to understand about Groats disease, how it came about, and how it looks like.
Groat’s Disease: Where It All Started
If you have heard of this term, you must have been an avid fan of the TV series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ on HBO. This comedy show created in the US has loving and very appreciating fans who quote every tag-line that the show makes. Larry David, a very distinguished American comedian, stars in this sitcom with Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, and many more.
Larry David also acts as the co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer of the comedy series. He plays his fictional character of the same name, Larry. Actually, almost everyone who stars in the show carries their very name. Jeff Garlin plays Larry’s best friend, Jeff. Jeff’s wife, played by Cheryl Hines, carries the stage name Cheryl. The list goes on.
Curb your Enthusiasm supposedly had a one-time season pass from Larry and the TV execs at HBO. But, because of the rating and the rave reviews they got from their viewers, what was once a single-season thing stretched to ten seasons. And by June 2020, HBO revealed that Curb Your Enthusiasm has a new season coming out in 2021.
This TV series also garnered honor and nominations from prestigious award-giving bodies, like the Primetime Emmy Awards, where the show got nominated a whopping 38 times during its 10 seasons. The show even bagged the Best Director for Robert B. Weide. It also has several nominations from the Golden Globe Awards, even winning the Best Comedy Series in 2002.
What does Curb Your Enthusiasm has to do with Groat’s disease?
As the TV series grow more famous, a wide stream of followers quotes their every show’s tagline. It is as if what’s happening on the show becomes the ‘inside joke’ in a fan’s family get-togethers. This in itself shows how influential a sitcom like this could become.
In one of the series episodes, Larry’s character wanted to help a friend overcome a recent meltdown. He told his friend Michael Richards that he may have been suffering from Groat’s disease, the reason why he cannot accept the reunion special of Seinfeld.
What to understand about Groats disease? Well, truth is, this ‘disease’ is not real. The show Curb Your Enthusiasm creators thought it would be funny and catchy that they create a fictional medical condition associated with hyperactivity, panic, and nervousness.
What is Groat’s disease?
Groat’s disease, named after a legendary baseball and basketball player Richard Groat, generally became a term of a fictional disease characterized by an image of someone being hyperactive. Signs and symptoms include talking too much or being too nervous and scared.
In the sitcom, the term Groat’s disease is generally likened to a person having about five cups of coffee in one seating. The action, as they say, can make someone seem to be too agitated when faced with a certain type of stress. It can also lead someone to make an overstatement about something he should not have even spoken about.
Curb Your Enthusiasm and Groat’s Disease
In the series’ second season, Larry’s character got invited to a charity auction that supports Groat’s disease. The auction’s host, played by Rob Reiner, explains that the disease is an ailment that makes a person hyperactive and spastic.
The truth is, Larry David has coined the name of the disease from a very famous pro athlete named Richard Groat. When he hears the name of this baseball player, he said that his last name really sounds like a disease or something important. He then associates it with a fictional disease saying that the player’s name sounded like the right name of this disease. As the show portrays, Groat’s disease affects the brain of a person, and it’s named after Richard ‘Dick’ Groat.
What to understand about Groats disease: Is there some truth to it?
If you are waiting for us to say that Groat’s disease is real, well, sorry for disappointing you. Unfortunately, as realistic and catchy as it may sound, this condition is just one hell of a good punch line made in a very funny TV show in the US.
What we can see that nearly resembles Groat’s disease in a more clinical sense brings us to a real medical condition – anxiety disorder.
Groat’s Disease and Anxiety Disorders: The Connection
Have you ever felt agitated, nervous, or scared? Anxiety causes these symptoms to happen. Do not fret because doctors consider what you feel as normal. If a stimulus or a trigger causes you to turn into a ball of nerves, anxiety sets in. Public speaking, wedding proposals, upcoming licensure exams, and many stress-inducing scenarios can stimulate your nerves and alert your body.
Anxiety disorders beg to differ. If you have anxiety disorders, you feel an overwhelming panic or stress enveloping your whole body. It can stop you from functioning and performing your daily tasks and activities. Instead of having the guts to face your fears and issues, your mind tells you to avoid people, work, school, or any situation that associates with your stress.
How is Groat’s disease like anxiety disorder?
Many types of anxiety disorders can easily mimic how Groat’s disease was described in the sitcom.
Anxiety can present the following symptoms, most of them somehow correlate to the fictional Groat’s disease.
- Feeling uneasy, panicky, or nervous
- Fidgety and agitated
- Having trouble sleeping
- Breathing heavily, short, and fast
- Cold, clammy hands, while sweating profusely
- Feeling dizzy or nauseous
- Have tense muscles
- Alert, hyperactive, and too hyped up
- Unable to concentrate
While Groat’s disease symptoms and descriptions can loosely relate to anxiety disorder, doctors can conclude that the objective signs, medical assessment, and diagnosis can very well tell these two apart.
What if Groat’s disease becomes real?
If, and only if, Groat’s disease turns out to be real, and doctors pick up the term and coin it for a future condition, the approach to the patients may likely resemble how treatments and therapy happen for patients with anxiety.
Maybe, some doctors would recommend some change in practices to patients like, cutting back on coffee and doing exercises regularly to reduce the stress levels. By doing some high-energy activities and lowering down on caffeine, patients reduce their wired neurological activity. As one relaxes, his stress levels lower, thus becoming calm and collected.
From studies of some physiologists, they generally say there’s no treatment for the disease because it’s a fictional disease while some, i.e. Martha K. 2017 say the treatment of the disease can be turning off your TV. Some other researchers say that the term Groat’s disease can be lethal if it’s not treated, the treatment options are two, a drug treatment that has a 50-50 chance of survival, and the surgery option has a 40 percent chance of survival.
If a patient declines treatment, many fans conclude that Groat’s disease can result in death or significant weakness. This disease is from the TV show, where the characters portrayed to have the said ailment are hyperactive. Groat’s disease, as they say, makes one too excited, too nervous, and impatient to try or do something that their emotions skyrocket and their mental state break down.
Stress and anxiety can send you into emotional overdrive. Try relaxation techniques, and talk to a reliable and trustworthy psychologist or medical professional for guidance to properly address your concerns.