Hello, I am posting this thread as a result of my growing concern for the health of one of my best friends. I have tried to talk to him but he isn't very cooperative when I bring up the subject and states that his involuntary actions are a result of stress. Anyway, here is the story.
My buddy is 31 years old. A few years ago a couple of other friends mentioned to me that my buddy was randomly grinding his teeth. I hadn't noticed it until shortly after. Within the last year and a half, I have noticed that he does this regularly now as well as having facial spasms. This occurs quite often now that I see him on a regular basis. He is currently unemployed and hasn't had a stable job for a little over a year. He states that it is a result of stress, i.e., money, as he only receives about $180 every two weeks in unemployment. He lives with his parents and contributes about $100 a month to bills which leaves him with about $160 a month for anything else. He likes to smoke and drink and when I have seen him drunk, I don't see his facial spasms or teeth grinding, but I am really worried about him. I am led to believe, by my research, that he may have signs of Huntington's Disease but the fact that the facial spasms and teeth grinding while he is under the influence of alcohol are not present, lead me to think it could all be stress related. I have urged him to see a doctor but have been unsuccessful. I want to help him but I'm just unsure of how to go about it any further. Please help. Any information, suggestions and/or advice will be most appreciated.