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Being Scared for the Future with Parkinson's: What Comes Next?

Fear: Another symptom of Parkinson's

Parkinson’s is a disease that not many individuals understand due to its silent, yet aggressive nature. As a result of this uncertainty, Parkinson’s has developed a new symptom, but this symptom can be avoided with the right mindset. This new symptom is fear, and more specifically, fear for the future. While fear can be good because it can make someone more cautious, it can also be harmful for a person's well-being.

Even from the onset of the disease, the effects of fear are very prevalent in Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s patients claim that even “hearing the diagnosis — 'You have Parkinson's disease. There is no cure, and you will struggle with this the rest of your life.'— was like being punched in the stomach. I felt cheated out of a life that held so much promise.” A chronic disease is usually not considered pleasant or good, however it can yield some positive results. The feeling of helplessness while fighting Parkinson’s is perhaps inevitable, but it is certainly not permanent if the right attitude is used to overcome the issue.

The only way Parkinson’s disease can win the battle against health is if the individuals with the condition fall victim to the fear.

Sources

http://parkinson.org/sites/default/files/anxiety%20and%20parkinson's.pdf

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/29/health/la-he-myturn-parkinsons-20110829

http://parkinsonsjourney.com/fears-of-parkinsons-disease/