WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. It develops from the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain responsible for controlling movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, physical and mental health conditions begin to occur. The direct cause of Parkinson's disease is not yet known but is associated with many potential factors. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's disease, treatments are available to manage its symptoms and improve quality of life.
What causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Researchers believe genetic and environmental factors cause Parkinson's disease. The degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra region of the brain is known to contribute to its development. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter crucial in controlling movement, mood, and motivation. Possible factors of Parkinson's disease include genetic mutations, environmental elements, aging, brain inflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Studies have shown a connection between the disease and gene mutations, such as SNCA, LRRK2, and Parkin. Aging and exposure to certain toxins, including pesticides, herbicides, and solvents, have also been linked to the condition. Additionally, chronic inflammation in the brain and mitochondrial dysfunction, which are responsible for producing energy in cells, are associated with its development.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
There are various symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremors or shaking, muscle stiffness, balance and coordination issues, changes in posture, reduced facial expressions, soft or slurred speech, a decline in fine motor skills, and bradykinesia, which is a slowness of movement that can affect a person's ability to perform simple tasks. Cognitive changes, such as memory loss and difficulties multitasking and decision-making, can also be experienced.
How is Parkinson’s Disease treated?
Although Parkinson's disease has no cure, several treatments can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Common treatments include medications, deep brain stimulation, exercise, lifestyle changes, and physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Medications for Parkinson's disease are levodopa, dopamine agonists, and MAO-B inhibitors. Levodopa is converted into dopamine in the brain, which helps to alleviate symptoms. Dopamine agonists mimic the effect of dopamine, while MAO-B inhibitors prevent its breakdown.
Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, is a surgical procedure that involves implanting electrodes in the brain. These electrodes deliver electrical impulses to specific areas, relieving condition effects. Lifestyle changes, such as exercise, eating a healthy diet, improving sleep quality, and avoiding stress, can minimize symptoms and enhance the quality of life.
Physical therapy assists with improving muscle strength, flexibility, and balance while reducing tremors and stiffness. Occupational therapy increases the ability to perform daily activities, such as dressing, eating, and grooming. Additionally, speech therapy helps enhance communication skills, including speech and swallowing.
How does Parkinson’s Disease affect brain wellness?
Parkinson's disease is caused by the degeneration of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain, leading to decreased levels. The reduction in dopamine levels can result in various physical and mental conditions.
Parkinson's disease increases the risk of developing depression and anxiety, which can further impact cognitive function. It can also affect the sleep-wake cycle, leading to difficulties falling or staying asleep, resulting in daytime fatigue. Additionally, the disease can lead to cognitive changes, including memory, attention, and executive function problems. These conditions can significantly impact overall brain health and quality of life.
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