What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. 

About Parkinson’s

People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of the chemical dopamine in their brain because some of the nerve cells that make it have died.

Around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK. And it’s the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

What is ‘Parkinson’s disease’?

Parkinsonism is a term that covers several conditions, including Parkinson’s and others with similar symptoms. Some, including healthcare professionals and people with the condition, call it Parkinson’s disease, or PD for short.

We call it Parkinson’s. We don’t use the word ‘disease’ because some people with Parkinson’s have told us it sounds negative, or like an infectious illness. But unlike the flu or measles, you can’t catch Parkinson’s from someone.

We don’t yet know exactly why people get Parkinson’s. Researchers think it’s a combination of age, genetic, and environmental factors that cause the dopamine-producing nerve cells to die.

Causes and symptoms

Parkinson’s symptoms

Symptoms start to appear when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.

There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s. But the 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are a tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness).

Different Types

Support for you

Having Parkinson’s can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right information and support. We’re here to help everyone feel in control of life with Parkinson’s.

There are lots of different treatmentstherapies and support available to help manage the condition. Our researchers are working hard to develop new and better treatments – and one day a cure.

Need to talk to someone?

Our helpline and Parkinson’s advisers are here to answer any questions you have about Parkinson’s.

Call us on 0808 800 0303.

Mental Health in Young People

A few nights ago, I watched a programme about the effects of ‘Mental health in young people’.

It mentioned a few mental health issues such as Autism, ADHD, PTSD, Aspergers Syndrome and that wasn’t them all. The was one I had never heard of before. Hopefully that will come to me so that I can use it at a later date.

One Young person not only had Autism but was bordering on ADHD as well.

An interesting factor with all of the young people in the programme was that during the two periods of lockdown we had in the UK their mental health state climbed to a high

Seizure update 10th Sept

At the moment I am unable to bring you a video or audio about my latest seizure which occurred this morning.

The seizure which was a Focal or otherwise known as a Complex seizure happened at approximately 10.30am and lasted approximately three – five minutes. After this there was a sense of confusion lasting a few minutes.

Every time I put a post like this up, I get a few comments basically saying get well soon. I am grateful that people do that.

Most of the time after a seizure I usually after a short time return to normal.

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