10 Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

It can be hard to tell if you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Below are 10 signs that you might have the disease. No single one of these signs means that you should worry, but if you have more than one sign you should consider making an appointment to talk to your doctor.


Have you noticed a slight shaking or tremor in your finger, thumb, hand or chin? A tremor while at rest is a common early sign of Parkinson’s disease.

What is normal?
Shaking can be normal after lots of exercise, if you are stressed or if you have been injured. Shaking could also be caused by a medicine you take.

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Migraine and Multiple Sclerosis: Connection or Coincidence?

Migraine is not typically included in the clinical features of multiple sclerosis (MS), although it occurs 2 to 3 times more frequently in patients with MS than the general population.1,2 Clinical overlap between migraine and MS has been recognized since 1952, when a study by McAlpine and Compston3 observed that 2% of patients with MS developed migraine within 3 months of an initial relapse. A higher overall prevalence of migraine in MS has since been supported by multiple controlled and uncontrolled studies reporting rates between 21% and 69%.1Still, the effects of this possible association are unclear, with hypotheses suggesting that migraine may be a precursor of MS, that migraine and MS share a common pathophysiology, and that migraine experienced in MS is a distinct subtype.

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Females with Aspergers Syndrome Checklist by Samantha Craft

Disclaimer: This is my opinion and based on my experience after 12 years of researching about autism and being officially diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is not meant to replace the DSM-V Autism Spectrum Disorder definition nor is this list meant to serve as an official diagnostic tool. Hundreds of women have used this list in conjunction with the DSM-IV or DSM-V and a professional mental health professional’s guidance. It is also based on 4.5 years of communicating almost daily with those that are diagnosed with autism and some that believe themselves to be on the spectrum. It is not all inclusive. Some will fit into categories and not be autistic/Asperian. This is meant as a springboard for discussion and more awareness into the female experience with autism.

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18 Signs Your Loved One Has BPD [Quiz Included]

Mental illness is incredibly hard to live with as it causes a great deal of pain not just to the person who has it but also to their loved ones. On this blog we wrote about many mental illnesses and their effect on interpersonal relationships, including narcissism, sociopathy, psychopathy and pathological lying (here and here). However there is another disorder not any less debilitating and dangerous — Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD.

Just like many other mental illnesses, BPD is a mystery in a sense that its causes are not completely understood. It is believed that certain traumatic events during childhood (physical, emotional or sexual abuse) may play a role in this, however the research is still in its early stages as BPD was officially recognized only in 1980. With 5.9 percent of adult population affected, we certainly hope for more research and solutions in the near future [source].

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What is Polyneuropathy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, Diagnosis

What Is Polyneuropathy?

Polyneuropathy is one of the most common forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy means any damage or dysfunction of the nerves. Polyneuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves or the nerves that lie outside the brain and the spinal cord get damaged, injured, or become dysfunctional resulting in pain among other symptoms. As the name suggests, Polyneuropathy means that multiple nerves of the peripheral nervous system gets damaged or dysfunctional all at one time resulting in symptoms depending on which nerve gets affected the most.

Polyneuropathy can be a hereditary condition as well as it can be acquired from other medical conditions. The most common hereditary medical condition that causes Polyneuropathy is Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease and diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of acquired Polyneuropathy.

Common symptoms of Polyneuropathy are numbness and tingling in the extremities along with muscle weakness and wasting or atrophy. Polyneuropathy can also cause abnormalities in blood pressure along with dysphagia and incontinence.

Treatment for Polyneuropathy is basically aimed at treating the underlying condition which led to the development of this condition. Apart from this, physical therapy and TENS unit are also widely used for treating Polyneuropathy.

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If you’re the parent or caregiver of a child with sensory processing disorder and sleep challenges, you’re no stranger to difficult bedtime routines and middle-of-the-night wake-ups that leave the entire family feeling sleep deprived and irritable. Poor sleep negatively impacts our bodies and our lives in so many ways, and for children who already struggle with self-regulation as a result of sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD, and/or other developmental delays and challenges, restorative sleep is more important than ever.

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Epilepsy in Children

Epilepsy is characterized by electrical disturbances in the brain called seizures. During a seizure, normal electrical patterns in the brain become disrupted and can cause symptoms ranging from unusual sensations and behaviors to convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness, depending on the area of the brain involved.

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Living with Autonomic Neuropathy

As a result of a progressive polyneuropathy known as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) I have lived with autonomic neuropathy symptoms for over 5 decades. There are a number of unavoidable issues when dealing with the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy many of which are covered in Dr. Norman Latov’s book Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won’t Stop,

Autonomic neuropathy is a result of damage to the autonomic nerves which control your involutary body functions that keep you alive. These functions include the cardiac cycle (heart beat), pulmonary systems (breathing), bladder function, and digestion. It also affects the body’s ability to regulate temperature, tearing, sexual functions, blood pressure, saliva production, and swallowing among other body systems that function automatically.

In the process of dealing with autonomic neuropathy symptoms for more than half my life I have developed the most affective ways for me, personally to deal with some of the symptoms of autonomic neuropathy.

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8 Things A Narcissist Cannot Do For You (Or Anyone Else)

If you’ve never been in any kind of a relationship with a narcissist – be that romantically or because you have one as a family member – consider yourself very fortunate.

Narcissism is one of the most toxic personality traits a person can have, and can do untold damage to the people around them. Their lives revolve around their own wants and needs, how much other people love them, and how best to manipulate other people to get their own way.

Below are a few examples of the kinds of things that narcissists are incapable of doing for anyone, let alone someone they claim to care about.

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What is the Cause of Death in Parkinson’s Disease?

What is the Cause of Death in Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease itself is not fatal. Nevertheless, the symptoms associated with it can be quite dangerous because they affect the motor abilities of the patient. If motor abilities are affected, the patient may lose balance and fall. Falls can be pretty dangerous in unsafe environment which may eventually lead to death. Other complications with swallowing and dementia may also be fatal if proper care is not taken.

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