Approximately 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s, and every hour two more are diagnosed. There are many different symptoms of Parkinson’s, and not everyone experiences all of them. You probably have never heard of the invisible symptoms of Parkinson’s to look out for.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s can be different for different people, so just because you’ve only experienced some symptoms, you should still see your GP.
Parkinson’s affects your brain and is a neurodegenerative disease. This means as time goes on, the parts of the brain affected by Parkinson’s become progressively worse.
Symptoms start to occur when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.
Some of the most well-known symptoms of Parkinson’s affect your movement, like developing a tremor, as these are the easiest to spot.
But more unusual symptoms can go unnoticed – do you know the symptoms of Parkinson’s to look out for?
Parkinson’s can also affect your mood and the way you think. Psychological symptoms of Parkinson’s include:
- A lack of motivation to do anything
- Cognitive problems: Parkinson’s can affect your thinking in many different ways, some people notice issues with their memory while some struggle with concentration.
- Low moods: Depression and anxiety can occur as symptoms of Parkinson’s.
- Psychosis: Hallucinations and being disconnected from reality can be a symptom of Parkinson’s. Psychosis is considered a medical emergency, so seek help if someone you know is experiencing psychosis.
Knowing the symptoms to watch out for, and going to see your doctor if you develop any of the symptoms of Parkinson’s is crucial.