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A Deeper Look into the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson’s disease consists of a specific type of progressive disorder.  The condition is said to affect up to 10 million individuals worldwide, and is commonly associated with an impaired ability to control one’s own motor movements, however, the condition affects much more than just one’s motor functions.  The various symptoms that result from Parkinson’s disease are due to the disease's effect on a patient’s substantia nigra, a region of the brain that dictates an individual’s movement.  More specifically, Parkinson’s disease is said to result in a severe drop in one’s dopamine levels.  Dopamine is a specific type of neurotransmitter responsible for communicating with the body and essentially telling certain body parts when to move.