Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to progressive supranuclear palsy
- What causes progressive supranuclear palsy?
- What are the early symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy?
- What are some of the later symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy?
- Does progressive supranuclear palsy affect a person mentally?
- How is progressive supranuclear palsy treated?
- Is there a cure for progressive supranuclear palsy?
- Find a local Neurologist in your town
Does PSP Affect a Person Mentally?
Most PSP patients eventually experience a mild to moderate degree of mental problems. With PSP, dementia, or mental confusion, causes a person to have a slowed thinking process or difficulty synthesizing ideas. The slowing of thoughts and thinking makes it hard for the person to hold a conversation with others or to analyze problems.
How Is PSP Treated?
There is a range of medication that can help curb PSP's symptoms.
Sinemet is sometimes used because it contains levodopa, which aids in controlling shakiness and tremors.
Learn more about: Sinemet
Antidepressants are often suggested by doctors, along with sleeping pills, to help PSP patients who are experiencing sleep problems. Many drugs being developed to treat other neurological disorders are also being utilized to help treat PSP.
Is There a Cure for PSP?
There is no cure for PSP. Attention for a doctor and family of a PSP patient should be focused on keeping the person comfortable and creating the best quality of life possible.
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Reviewed by Jon Glass on March 15, 2010
Last Editorial Review: 3/15/2010
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