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Parkinson's Main Issues

Understanding the main issues

Looking after someone living with Parkinson's is at times both physically and mentally draining. It is important that before the burden becomes too much, you know how much of it you can and are prepared to take on. Trying to do too much can be as bad as not doing enough, which is why it is important you recognise when you need help and ask for it.

The emotional strain of looking after someone with Parkinson’s can be due to different factors. Often it is just due to the frustration of not being able to do enough for the person you look after. Sometimes it is their behaviour and mood changes that you find unnerving or you might even feel resentful about the restrictions that the disease imposes not just on the sufferer but also on you. All these feelings are just normal human reactions, which when they become too much, can lead to mental exhaustion and depression.

Everybody goes through brief periods of low mood in different situations and are able to pick themselves up with more optimistic thoughts after doing something they enjoy. However, when low mood sets in for weeks and months on end, the best thing you can do for yourself and those around you is to seek professional help. Most of us are reluctant to seek help for depression because we find it shameful, but given the impact that not dealing with depression can have on you and others, the brave and wise thing to do is to see a healthcare professional about it.