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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Media CEO Chude Jideonwo Reveals His Struggles With Tourette's Syndrome And Mental illness

In anticipation of his 36th birthday, Chude Jideonwo, sat on the other side of the vulnerability table as he was interviewed by actress Elvina Ibru whom he had once interviewed as a guest on the show #WithChude





Chude went deep on this one, and opened up about his struggle with depression in law school, being diagnosed with high blood pressure as a teenager and living with mental illness.

Recalling the first time he was diagnosed with mental illness, Chude said, "A doctor in the UK diagnosed me with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and he said to me, 'So Chude tell me, how long have you been living with OCD?' He took it for granted that whatever country I was coming from, I had already been diagnosed with OCD".


Chude has also been living with a neurological disorder called Tourette's Syndrome – diagnosed by a different doctor in 2016, who described it as "OCD that has acquired physical and emotional expression".

"The first physical sign of Tourettes is movement disorders and the second is vocal tics which I used to experience very badly", said Chude.


"I remember telling the doctor that I don't feel comfortable in my own body, and that I feel like my body is not my own", he continued.


When asked to give a word of encouragement to people dealing with Tourette's or any other medical challenge, Chude said, "Imagine me spending years of my life twitching and doctors are telling me that it's nothing. Like if it's nothing, then that means there's nothing I can do, so am I condemned?"


"My advice is: If you feel it, then it's valid, you no dey craze and even if you dey craze, it's still valid. If it doesn't feel right then it probably isn't right because you're the one in your body".


Elvina praised Chude's courage and determination in achieving his accomplishments at such a young age despite the mental and physical barriers. He, however, attributed his successes to his mother's constant encouragement.


"Even till now, my mother's voice is still in my head. She makes it difficult for me to cut myself unnecessary slack. To be honest without my mother - if my mother had left me at the time when she wanted to leave the marriage, I don't know what would have become of me," Chude said.


Chude further divulged several interesting details about his past, ranging from multiple surgeries to the first time he experienced depression as a Nigerian law school student and the strained relationship he had with his father.


Even as he shared his story with the rest of the world, Chude acknowledged that he “shouldn't be here today with all these adverse experiences” he had faced. However, he hopes that by sharing his story, more people will be inspired to stay strong and keep fighting, no matter what.



*Oh Dear Chude... So sorry about this:::

28 comments:

  1. wow..sad story indeed. you are A warrior CHUDE

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  2. Some people think that until you are really mad or roaming the streets, then you know you have a mental issues .
    Some many people living with mental illness but not aware.

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    1. * so many*
      * mental issues *

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    2. I really am a true fan of chude.now I Love him more

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  3. People have different issues they are battling with let's try and be nice to people.
    I pray the Almighty God will heal him, mental disorder is not easy at all.

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  4. So many people out there face a lot of stuff they cant even describe. Speaking out and seeking solution should be encouraged.

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  5. You see Law School? That place almost made me depressed, people expectations, trying to make my parent proud, Aunties, uncle's, so many people do run mad in Law school, it can stress the day light out of anyone

    Immediately I was done, I just knew I was done, like done done ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Haha@donedone๐Ÿคฃ

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    2. 14:49 a guy in my set (2017) is still mad till today.

      He failed law school and hasn't recovered.

      Me sef, going for masters scares me, infact anything school scared the hell out of me, law school really messes with students.

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    3. @sandra I feel you.2009/2010 set.I don't pray for my enemy to fail law school exams talkless or a conditional pass .I had friends that lost pregnancy and still failed.(stories of those looking for order 10 rule 10 inside dustbin ) Ambulance parked outside during bar final exams.

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    4. @sandra I feel you.2009/2010 set.I don't pray for my enemy to fail law school exams talkless or a conditional pass .I had friends that lost pregnancy and still failed.(stories of those looking for order 10 rule 10 inside dustbin ) Ambulance parked outside during bar final exams.

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    5. Mehn...its a miracle I finished with pass. It was so crazy. The pressure alone was over the roof. I could literally hear my heartbeat as I checked my result. Thank God for everything.

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    6. After i passed law school, people were surprised that i didn't pursue masters in law. In law school, i read until i almost ran mad, i still ended up with a pass. Parents should stop pressuring their kids to read law

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  6. Wow. people go through alot,behind that smiling face is something else

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    1. I like that there is a new generation of Nigerians ..that are changing the narrative of how mental health is viewed ..I guess the exposed ones

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  7. It's really nice to see people bare themselves and in so doing create awareness. These issues are mostly seen as taboo subjects. Talking about it is a great place to start towards winning this fight on mental health. Thank you chude.

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  8. If you need a visual example of Tourette's syndrome, please watch the movie CRAZY ABOUT HER.

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    1. Or "Hitchki". It's an Indian movie. There is also a british comedienne with Tourette syndrome. Any human with blood running through their veins would feel their plight.

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    2. YouTube is very educative on it as well.

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    3. Jubilee,the Indian movie,is it the one the lady was a school teacher and found it difficult to talk to her students because of some syndrome...can't remember if it's what Chude is talking about.

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    4. 18:03, yes it's the movie. Kareena Kapoor is the school teacher with the syndrome.

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  9. its good to be kind with our comments on celebrities on blogs and every form of social media cos we never know what issues people are dealing with. questions like why is Chude not yet married and all. May God have mercy on us all using anonymous or id's to comment. It is well with you Chude.

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  10. This is touching. Tourette syndrome is one hard one to deal with. Having to try saying without those movements and all. I feel for them

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  11. It's a good thing that people are now taking mental health seriously.

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  12. And a lot of joyless and wicked souls are on tweeter trolling people. writing all sorts of vile Andean stuff....it is so sad that they ent care how this affects people

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  13. I'm so grateful that he did not just survive but is actually succeeding and lifting others. Happy birthday Chude. Wishing you many more.

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