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Defined by Parkinson’s?

Does Parkinson’s disease define you?

If you were to describe yourself to another person who didn’t know you, how quickly would you mention your PD? When you think about your life as it is, how quickly does the Parkinson’s enter your mind?

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You Have Parkinson’s Disease But Don’t Worry

“You have Parkinson’s disease but don’t worry. It won’t kill you. It is a chronic and progressive illness, but we can treat it. Here are your prescriptions. I’ll see you in six months.”

I just began seeing another patient recently diagnosed with young onset PD. This exchange he had with his neurologist is, unfortunately, fairly common. Although a very harried doctor was trying to be reassuring, his new patient could only be described as terrified when he arrived at my office some weeks later.

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Ten Ways to Make Sure Your Marriage Breaks Up

Do a lot of marriages break up because of Parkinson’s?

A lot of marriages break up even when Parkinson’s is not present, so this a difficult question to answer. I have not been able to locate any good studies on this subject. All I have is anecdotal evidence from many discussions I have had in my office, support groups, and at PD conferences. However, I can say with confidence that there is a widely held belief that a lot of marriages with PD end in divorce. A belief can become a self-fulfilling prophecy regardless of its truth.

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Information Overload?

I monitor several Twitter feeds about Parkinson’s research, treatment, and prevention. This means that I am deluged daily with more information than I can possibly absorb. It is a daunting task trying to make sense of the random bits of information that come across my computer screen and iPhone.

What does it all mean?

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Why Do I Cry?

Do you sometimes find yourself crying in response to insignificant incidents? Is the tendency to weep easily something that is new and uncharacteristic of you? Is the tearful response uncontrollable and disproportionate to the event that set it off? Does this crying occur when you were not feeling sad or depressed? Is the outburst sometimes incongruent with the event that set it off, such as crying when one hears a funny joke or the converse such as inappropriate laughing when feeling sad or stressed.

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Stolen Family Moments

When you think back to when you were young, nearly all of your treasured memories are linked to family moments. Every family has a common pool of experiences: holidays, gatherings for special occasions, vacations, outings, sporting events, trips to the movies.

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All Parkinson's, All the Time?

PD brings a lot of stress to relationships. It is pretty easy to understand how stress can undermine a couple's bonds, particularly when these are already on unsure footing. Resolving stress amicably is the key to making a committed relationship work. This can be easy to forget, particularly when the way a person feels physically is so prone to fluctuation.

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Can Someone With PD Multi-task?

A gentleman with early life PD asked me if difficulty multi-tasking went with the turf. When I told him that it very frequently did, he of course asked me why. When it comes to questions about cognition and PD, answers are not always straightforward.

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About the Author

Paul Short, PhD

Dr. Paul Short, The Parkinson's Coach, provides Internet-based coaching to individuals and famlies challenged by Parkinson's disease and helps them develop personalized plans for coping with the disease.