Healthy Living

Serious Shortage of Doctors Affects Parkinson's Disease Patients

Why is There a Need for Specialized Doctors?

For the people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease or for the family members and friends of the person for that matter, it’s safe to assume that these people already have a picture or an idea of how much this disease could affect a person’s entire life. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder, which is caused by the malfunction or death of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. People suffering from the disorder will most likely experience a loss of body control and coordination, such as tremors. It could also cause some psychological side effects such as depression; although the latter usually occurs later in the development of the disorder. The symptoms may start off as subtle but as time passes, these symptoms will gradually take a toll on different important areas of daily functioning such as occupational, social, familial settings, etc. With the development of medications and other treatments, people will be able to cope better during the onset and the progressive stages of the disorder.