One of the most common movement disorders in the world, Parkinson’s disease causes a myriad of trying symptoms, from speech difficulties, uncontrollable tremors, rigidity, slow movement and more. That said, a new study suggests that emotional problems may be one of the most common symptoms affecting Parkinson’s patients.
New research suggests that Parkinson’s patients are especially susceptible to depression. Sponsored by the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF), the study looked at more than 5,000 patients throughout Israel, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Started in 2009 as part of the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project, the research found that depression is twice as likely as motor degeneration to negatively impact a sufferer’s quality of life.
Obviously, physical problems can promote depression by making patients feel helpless and more introverted. Additionally, researchers think actual physical changes in the brain could promote depression by causing a dopamine deficit.
Time to Act
If you suffer from Parkinson’s, you may feel different from others. Additionally, tremors and physical limitations can leave you so frustrated, you may want to give up hope. Fortunately, numerous patients have found relief from their depression and debilitating Parkinson’s symptoms, thanks to movement disorder appliances.
Taking Back Your Life
If your Parkinson’s is making you lose your love of life, now is the time to take action. Although there’s currently no cure for this debilitating condition; there is an effective way to reduce many of the worst symptoms. Movement disorder appliances can reduce the impact of Parkinson’s by reducing pressure on important nerves that feed blood to the brain.
Don’t give up hope, and don’t spend another day enduring tremors that make it difficult to function in day-to-day life. Contact Dr. Berry or call the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado at (303) 691-0267 to learn how this simple Parkinson's treatment can change your life.