It is important to manage Parkinson’s so that the individual can be made comfortable. There is no cure for the disease and it won’t go away so you must manage the disease in order to be made comfortable. Those with Parkinson’s must learn how to successfully manage and live with the disease because they have no choice.It is normal for those with Parkinson’s disease to hide their symptoms in the early stage because they are afraid to receive a diagnosis. They hide symptoms from family and friends in a vain attempt to put off receiving a diagnosis. It is natural to want life to go on as normal and to strive to participate in life for as long as possible as if nothing is out of the ordinary. Some even few the symptoms as a sign of weakness. Soon they realize that it takes true courage and strength to reach out to others for help when it is really needed.
Individuals with Parkinson’s need both medical and psychological services in order to manage the disease successfully. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s have a component of psychology involved such as anger, anxiety and depression. Females and those who have taken Levodopa are most at risk for depression. Coping with Parkinson’s can be made easier when the individual participates in-group and individual support sessions.
Stress can make it more difficult to deal with any disease especially a chronic disease. Identifying the cause of your stress and learning how to reduce it or eliminate the stress can help you to deal more successfully with Parkinson’s.
Sometimes making lifestyle changes can assist in decreasing stress such as making changes at work such as going to part time or working from home. The Americans with Disabilities ACT can help any employee with Parkinson’s to successfully land a job despite the disease or to hold on to a job when job discrimination rears it’s ugly head.
Managing any chronic disease requires regular visits with your medical doctor who can monitor your condition, make necessary changes to your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. Your doctor can help you to manage your day-to-day dealings with Parkinson’s.
Support groups can help you to find ways of managing the disease better because group members share tips and ideas about treatment plans, and managing life. Support groups also help because individuals who understand what you are going through surround you. Support groups are also good places to gather current information and the latest news about new treatments and study results.
In order to manage Parkinson’s you have to surround yourself with a good support system that includes family members, friends, co-workers, and others who have Parkinson’s as well as your medical staff. Managing Parkinson’s also involves becoming educated about the disease and learning how to cope with the psychological and medical symptoms of the disease.