Daniel Larson's health

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A predominant theme in the Daniel Larson saga is Daniel's chronic mental health issues and his deteriorating physical health. Considering his lack of exercise, poor nutrition, refusal to bathe and the general uncleanliness of his surroundings, he has developed potentially life-threatening conditions out of negligence and lack of regard for himself.

His mental health issues are a driving factor behind a majority of his decisions, and certainly the indirect cause of his homelessness, police record, and his internet fame/infamy.

Physical Health

Daniel Larson's physical health, while poor, is better than his mental health. Due to being homeless, lazy, having an aversion to most forms of hygiene, and not the brightest person when it comes to sanitation (e.g. the poop rag incident), he is at high risk of disease and infection. His various warrants have listed his basic information; he is a 5'10" Caucasian male who weighs about 115 pounds (equivalent to a BMI of 16.4), which is considerably underweight for a man of that height.[1]

A picture of Daniel from 2019

Appearance

One of the many reasons Daniel Larson has gained such a prominent social media following is his odd appearance. His eyes are oddly proportioned, drooping down in a strange way, and his nose is abnormally large; his cranium is smaller than average (possible sign of microcephaly) and his mouth is slightly dispositioned, as if falling off of his face.

A photo of Daniel's scabies rashes

Scabies

(see Scabies)

Scabies is a highly contagious infection of the skin by the small mite sarcoptes scabiei. Daniel Larson has been medically recognized and treated for having this infection, and as such it is highly recommended to avoid any physical contact. It has been (allegedly) noted that he has given people rashes and various other infections from his uncleanliness.[Citation Needed]

Scabies mites cause extreme discomfort and possible bleeding, creating pimple-like rashes that can become infected. Scabies is notoriously difficult to treat and extremely easy to spread, with most hospitals destroying the clothes of patients with scabies and putting them in strict containment.[2]

Daniel Larson first showed signs of scabies sometime in early 2023 during the Las Vegas Arc, when he was homeless in Las Vegas.

Daniel was seen wearing the same clothes for weeks at a time and not bathing even when he had the chance to. He slept on dirty streets and in porta-potties around other homeless people who were highly likely to have carried disease.

In January of 2023, Daniel started showing off mysterious rashes on his skin, which was met with concern about a risk of infection due to him aggressively scratching and irritating the potential wounds further.

In the same month, r/daniellarson armchair-diagnosed him with scabies, which was worrying as Daniel was in Disneyland at the time of diagnosis, and was in close contact of other people on bus and carnival rides, as well as other homeless people who slept near him.

The community spread warnings of Daniel all over Facebook, warning people to stay away from him and to visit the hospital if they were in close contact.[3]

Daniel eventually visited the hospital in January of 2023 and was given treatment. A video of a very drugged-out Daniel bidding goodbye to his scabies exists on the Scabies page alongside more information.

Injuries

Assaults, Altercations

Bodega Injuries

During the New York arc on April 5th, 2023, Daniel had a large, distinctive laceration on his nose as a result of the Bodega Incident. Daniel kept picking off the scab, showing a hole (please do not picture) in his nose. Several of his videos were hidden by TikTok by how gory they were. During this incident, Daniel assaulted a worker at a bodega after he was harassed and agitated by a couple of teenagers.

Daniel sustained multiple injuries, including a black eye and this large cut on his nose. He was worried about a potential concussion, but after a screening at a hospital, no concussion nor fractures was found.

He could be seen later with gauze in, and a bandage on his nose.[4]

Fan assault

On February 23rd, 2023, after a two-week absence during the Las Vegas Arc, re-appeared on social media claiming that two fans attacked him on East Fremont Street.

Allegedly, the two fans greeted Daniel outside of a casino and led him down to Fremont, where they pushed him down, kicked him, and stole his phone. While this attack is serious, it seems like Daniel has no permanent injuries.

Self-harm

Daniel will engage in self-harm by banging his head on objects and hitting himself, usually when he is frustrated, having a meltdown, or extremely agitated. Daniel has self-harmed many times, most severely in the Bob Proctor meltdown, wherein Daniel banged his head into his own hands and the dashboard of Bob's car multiple times, even after being told to stop. Daniel also hit himself until he bled during the Panera Bread incident on November 10, 2023.

Head banging and punching oneself while under duress is probably a result of autism, as about 30% of autistic children engage in these behaviors.[5] In most cases it is a reaction to a stressor. More information on Daniel’s instances of self-harm can be found here.

The aforementioned self-harm may also be a result of bipolar disorder, as up to 50% of sufferers of the disorder exhibit self-harming behaviours and the resultant injuries.[6]

Foot issues

Trench Foot

Main Article: Trench Foot

Trench foot is a type of foot damage caused by excessive and long-term exposure to moisture, where the foot shows signs of decay and becomes painful due to moisture damage.[7]

Daniel Larson was diagnosed with the condition after a couple of months of homelessness, and Daniel recorded videos of himself in the hospital. His treatment of it is listed below.

Daniel in early 2023 posted that he has worn the same moldy socks for months and that his feet are black,[8] stinking, and bleeding profusely.[9]

However, upon the surfacing of closer photos of his feet, it is clear that he either does not have necrosis, or has an early stage of it (it is unclear which). Daniel has a large plantar wart at the bottom of his heel, which is not very severe, but what he does have that is concerning is discoloration of the foot, and odd splotches at the sole of his foot, which could be early necrosis[Citation needed].

A major concern now is a possible blood clot or circulation issues. Daniel has constant inflammation and discoloration of his ankle, and he has talked about losing feeling in his foot.

Other foot issues
  • Inflammation around ankle
    • Daniel's ankle is massively inflamed[10] and consistently so, which is extremely worrying. It could be sign of infection, injury, too much walking (which is not helping his trench foot), or lack of proper blood flow to the area. It could also be lymphedema, which can be a result of bacteria or some sort of contamination.
  • Blister
    • Daniel has a massive blister at the heel of his foot.[10]
  • Plantar warts
    • Daniel has multiple plantar warts on his feet, which are benign and will likely resolve themselves.
  • Foot fungus
    • On a YouTube Short, Daniel showcases his toes. His big toe is green due to a foot fungus, and the nail bed is shifted way back in the toe, presumably from walking long distances in small women's shoes. His other toenails are overgrown and yellow.

Dental Health

Daniel's poor dental health is exhibited throughout his content. Daniel suffers from hypodontia, which is the developmental absence of one or more teeth excluding the third molars. In November 2022, it was confirmed[11] by Luke, a former management member, during a Reddit Q&A that Daniel is missing teeth due to hypodontia.[12]

As of November 14, 2023, Daniel is homeless so it is more difficult for him to brush his teeth. He also doesn't want to because of his aversion to general hygiene (and the fact some autistic people have sensory issues related to teeth). This has lead to general poor dental health including cavities and yellow teeth. Due to his homelessness and lack of money and insurance (and laziness), Daniel may not be able to visit a dentist; his crooked teeth have gone unstraightened. He visibly has a misshapen dental arch. His front 2 teeth are different sizes, possibly from unfixed crowding, and only his front 2 teeth are displayed while talking, possibly a sign of an overbite.

Overall, due to a lack of a dentist and dental hygiene, Daniel's dental health is extremely poor.

Conditions

On November 19, 2023, Daniel posted on his YouTube community page that he was in the hospital due to stomach pain. He would later add that he is pre-diabetic and is waiting on confirmation if he has heart issues and skin cancer.[13] Considering that Daniel always eats out at restaurants,[14] it is not a surprise that he is pre-diabetic and may have heart issues. Additionally, it is likely that he may develop skin cancer due to years of him being out in the sun all day, so much so that his exposed skin is visibly aged.

Mental Health

Autism

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a loosely defined amount of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by challenges with social interaction and communication.[15] Daniel Larson is thought to be autistic, which is a driving force behind his naïveté, lack of social skills, and frequent meltdowns.

Autistic people also can be known to be specific about planning their days, and if there’s a sudden change of plans it may lead to a meltdown or shutdown (opposite of a meltdown). We see meltdowns often, but it is believed we have never seen Daniel shutdown.

Contrary to popular belief, autism does not necessary make someone automatically smart, nor does it increase someone's IQ. In fact, over 60-70% of all autistic person have <90 IQ and only 5% of those with autism have greater-than average IQ.

ADHD

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that are either impairing or age-inappropriate.[16] ADHD also tends to cause impairments in executive functioning and reading social cues.[17] Daniel Larson has ADHD, which is a large factor in his lack of financial skills and homelessness, his impulsivity, and lack of foresight resulting in him gambling, and mismanaging his money by buying things he doesn’t need like $40 nachos or headphones.

Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder characterized by rapid and extreme mood swings, characterized by periods of depression, abnormal elation, and sometimes psychosis.[18]

Daniel is most likely diagnosed with Bipolar I, a more severe subtype of the disorder which presents with full-blown mania (in contrast to the milder hypomania in II) and often psychosis, a mental state which Daniel exhibits many classic symptoms of.

Another major driving force behind Daniel's meltdowns is his bipolarism[Citation Needed].

Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by episodes of psychosis, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and delusions.[19] While a diagnosis of schizophrenia is unconfirmed, him taking Latuda (a schizophrenia medication[20]) and often showing delusions (i.e. Presidential Campaign, Goldberg Shacklestein) and possible episodes of psychosis[Examples?] are signs that Daniel could have schizophrenia.

It’s more likely that he has schizoaffective disorder, as according to the diagnostic criteria, there needs to be a definite period of at least two weeks in which psychotic symptoms and a mood episode have been shown in order to diagnose schizoaffective disorder, which Daniel definitely has shown[Citation Needed].

Intellectual issues

Daniel, as a result of his long list of disorders, has a very poor intellect[Quantify] and is unable to properly handle many things necessary to function as an adult. It is possible that Daniel has an intellectual disability.

The extent of Daniel's intellectual disability, if he even has one at all, is unknown, however his intellectual ability is seemingly somewhere in the high 60s to mid 70s IQ range, placing him in either mild intellectual disability (<70) or borderline intellectual functioning (<80 but above 70)

Intellect & comprehension

Daniel is not the sharpest tool in the shed, having a very low 'mental age' in comparison with his physical age. This is most apparent in his Tennyson Center interview, where during the interview, Daniel acts like a 7-year-old despite being 14 at the time of recording.

His young mental age is a likely factor behind his lack of understanding of money, and why he almost instantly blows all the money he should be spending on proper meals, housing, and medicine on gambling and luxury goods like electronics, food at expensive restaurants, and on bus rides to nowhere.

Understanding of Sex

Daniel has an extremely poor and warped view of sexual intercourse, mostly stemming from his stunted sexual development, comprehension skills, and mental age. This is most likely a factor behind his alleged pedophilia, and also potentially even because of sexual abuse in his past.

"Who has had sex and who hasn't"
"Who has had sex and who hasn't" "I have not"

Daniel has an incredibly childish view of sex and what sex is like, so much so that Daniel idolizes it and has odd ideas of how sex works. He knows very little about sex; he is noticeably confused about basic sexual terminology. For example, Daniel has called ejaculation "..the peeing feeling"[Citation needed]. Most of Daniel's sexual fantasies are recreations of what he pictures within his mind and not from sexual experience. Daniel has admitted on various occasions that he is a virgin.

Daniel seems very interested in furthering his sexual education, often asking people via private messages if they have had sex, what it felt like, and other similar questions. Even in group messages, Daniel did not shy away from showing his unbridled sexual inquiries.

A person who was in one of these group chat documents their experiences, posted on the r/daniellarson subreddit.

"He has an incredibly childish view of sex and what sex is like, to the point he idolizes sex and has very weird fantasies and ideas of how sex works. This furthers the point that he has a very childish mind, potentially even because of sexual abuse in the past."

"He’s VERY intrigued on furthering his sexual education. Kinda like how when most of us had to watch “the movie” growing up before graduating elementary school. It was funny, it was new, and just the prospect of talking about it in school was kinda exciting when we were like 11. Back in 2021 Daniel used to add me and a bunch of people from the Larson lore (i.e. Sabbath, Lil Sid, etc) to these group chats where he’d literally be like “Okay so has anyone ever had sex? What did it feel like? Was it warm? What did you think about during it?” Super strange, he’d just fire off questions like that. I definitely have screenshots somewhere in Google photos."[21]

"Are you ok with telling me what it felt like"

Daniel shows a lack of understanding around sex, often wondering and asking if rape feels any good at all. He is very apathetic about consent and to a larger extent, rape. When a troll pretending to be Grace VanderWaal told him that she was being raped, he asked if it felt good and various other questions as to what being raped was like. This was presumably so Daniel could get off to the thought of his favorite celebrity and long-time crush being fucked. Perhaps he asked these questions because the troll was pretending to be Grace, but even people who aren't Grace VanderWaal are asked similar questions.

This behavior is most likely explained by his ignorance about the world, which causes him to be quite naïve about how bad rape actually is. To Daniel, it is nothing more than another word for sex.

Pedophilia

Main Article: Pedophilia

Pedophilia has always been a touchy subject for Daniel. During the initial leaking of Daniel's Pinterest account, he had at first attempted to deny all claims that he was a pedophile, pretending he hadn't even known what Pinterest was, before backtracking and boldly admitting it to the camera.

Daniel's pedophilia dates as far back to when he was 18, where he had seen 12 year-old Grace VanderWaal on America's Got Talent. Daniel's grandmother Nancy Shimer told Daniel that he would have a chance at dating Grace, which resulted in Daniel's years long obsession with Grace, sexual fantasies about Grace, and stalking[Citation needed]. Even though Grace is now an adult, during the years when Daniel started TikTok she was still underage, and Daniel did not shy away from talking about her in inappropriate ways. When messaging with trolls who pretended to be Grace, Daniel had (and still presumably has) a habit of sending photos of Grace from her childhood which he attempted to sexualize[Citation Needed].

Daniel is well aware of the allegations of pedophilia against him, and has vehemently denied it. To try to salvage his reputation, when he spoke to a person he thought was a minor on Kik, he changed his name to "Bill Carter" in an attempt to evade suspicion and throw people off his scent. Events such as this highlight that Daniel is aware that what he's doing is wrong, although he shows no sign of stopping.

Additionally, on January 16, 2023, Daniel admitted on a livestream that he is indeed a pedophile, admitting so to "be able to put an end to it", which was screen-recorded by Reddit user Competitive-Poem-206 and posted to the subreddit.[22]

Sex Toys

Daniel has made numerous purchases for sex toys, his go-to toy being a fleshlight, or "pocket pussy".

Danny you dirty dog.

On July 30th, 2023, he purchased one of them from a sex shop while speaking to another fake Grace troll.[23] The fleshlight was bought using money that Bob Proctor had supplied to Daniel to buy essentials such as food, water, and clothes, which he never did.

Daniel showing off the fleshlight.

In these messages, Daniel claims that he was getting something for "us", as if the troll was going to feel Daniel using the fleshlight. Using Bob's money, he purchased a fleshlight from a sex shop (which sex shop is unknown), and showed it off to the troll. Daniel lost the bag he kept the fleshlight in.

Daniel showing off his fleshlight on his TikTok account.

On August 15th, 2023, Daniel purchased 4 more fleshlights, 2 of them resembling a man's anus. Daniel claimed to have spent $500 dollars that day. Daniel's reasoning for buying all four instead of just one is unknown. Daniel's obsession with buying expensive things instead of saving his resources while homeless is a mystery. Due to Daniel's homelessness, there is a very strong chance that if he ever gets around to using these toys, they will most likely remain uncleaned and absolutely filthy.

When Daniel was arrested in Boulder, a fleshlight could be seen in bodycam footage of the officer searching his backpack. The fleshlight was not removed by the officer.

Treatment

2-week mental hospital visit

After threatening people with fireworks, Daniel was put into a mental hospital which he has described as "A living hell"[24], where he was given Latuda, a medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.[20]

Scabies treatment

Daniel was diagnosed with scabies in 2023 and was prescribed a lotion. Daniel proceeded to not use the lotion, as he spent the money dedicated towards the lotion on food from The Cheesecake Factory.

Eventually, the scabies became so severe it got to the point he was bleeding out of his skin. Daniel went to the hospital and received a dose of Ivermectin and was cleaned off. Following the visit, his scabies went into remission.

Trench foot treatment

Trench foot isn't a disease and is only treatable, not curable. The doctor told Daniel to keep his feet dry, limit his walking, change his socks often, and find a homeless shelter or hotel to sleep at. Daniel proceeded to do none of this.

Trench foot, if it gets severe enough, can require amputation. This is a severe disorder, and recently Daniel has posted videos of his feet bleeding due to damage.

Caretakers, assisted living, and case managers

Daniel Larson has lived in multiple assisted living facilities with multiple caretakers, which were coordinated by a multitude of case managers.

Daniel has run away from his caretaker Jonas' house. Daniel has chosen to be homeless rather than be in the same house as him due to a multitude of incidents, like his fight with Jonas and him thinking that his caretaker poisoned his Mac n' Cheese.

Sources

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/index.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scabies
  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/10giimx/larson_got_famous_in_anaheim_109_shares_81/
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWMP1Dmz1dc&ab_channel=DanielLarsonCurator
  5. https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-self-harm/
  6. https://mypsychiatrist.com/blog/psychiatric-disorders-at-risk-for-self-injury/#:~:text=According%20to%20research%2C%20about%2050,by%20psychosis%2C%20which%20feel%20uncontrollable.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trench_foot
  8. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/10ezoww/danderson_says_his_trench_foot_blisters_are/
  9. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/10ezoww/danderson_says_his_trench_foot_blisters_are/
  10. 10.0 10.1 https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/10m21eg/his_fucking_foot_ew/
  11. Comment"I know it wasnt asked this time specifically but I've seen people inquiring about it before: Daniel is missing teeth due to a condition called Hypodontia. It is when you fail to develop some/all of your adult teeth. It can be inherited or caused by illnesses in infancy. He did have a full set of teeth baby teeth but when the baby ones fell out, there was no teeth to replace them in a few spots. He also never brushes them and drinks soda exclusively."
  12. Hypodontia
  13. Daniel's series of posts regarding his health.
  14. Daniel Larson's Diet
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder
  17. https://www.foothillsacademy.org/community/articles/adhd-social-skills
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizophrenia
  20. 20.0 20.1 https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-155134/latuda-oral/details
  21. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/11sj45w/comment/jcezmr4/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3
  22. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/10dznjh/daniel_admits_to_being_a_pedophile_on_live/
  23. https://www.reddit.com/r/Daniellarson/comments/15ei235/more_texts_daniel_sent_to_grace_he_bought_a/
  24. https://www.youtube.com/shorts/u6AothG63B4