UK patients with Parkinson's disease are hiding symptoms

18th April 2016

A survey of UK patients suffering with Parkinson's disease has revealed that over a third of these people feel the need to hide their symptoms.

Either they feel they have to lie about the severity of the condition or about having it altogether, reports the BBC.

The reason for this seems to be that those suffering with the disease feel that the symptoms aren't socially acceptable and could be embarrassing for the people who are close to them.

As a result, the survey has highlighted that people are struggling alone with their problems instead of seeking solace, which is having a knock-on effect to their emotional health.

Perhaps shockingly, Parkinson's affects 127,000 people in the UK, around one in every 500 people.

The most obvious symptoms are tremor, slowness of movements and rigidity throughout the entire body.

For the survey, 1,868 people were asked questions about how they deal day-to-day with their diagnosis.

One in three of these people said that they had delayed telling friends and family about being diagnosed with Parkinson's, largely because they're afraid of stigma.

Steve Ford, chief executive at Parkinson's UK, said: "We are determined that each and every person with Parkinson's is aware of the support available so they can feel equipped to have these difficult conversations."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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