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Neuroticism Linked to Higher risk for Parkinson’s disease

On Behalf of | May 11, 2021 | Parkinsons Disease

Persons who suffer from personality traits that are specifically linked to neuroticism, may be at a higher risk of suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

According to the results of a recent study, individuals who exhibit characteristics closer to neuroticism on the personality scale, show higher levels of negative emotional states, and this could be place them at a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. Neuroticism is one of the big 5 personality traits. Individuals, who score highly on this personality trait, are typically more susceptible to irritability, and mood swings.  They may be much more likely to worry or stress over problems and are much more likely, therefore, to feel the negative impact of stress.

Neuroticism has already been linked to a number of other conditions,  including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  It also places an individual at a higher risk of depression.  A new study finds that people who display characteristics of neuroticism, are as much as 80% more likely to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, compared to those who rank lower on the neuroticism scale. The risk continued to remain higher even after the researchers accounted for a number of other factors that could possibly affect the results, including the person’s medical history, age and smoking habits.

If you or a loved one suffer from Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible for a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Parkinson’s disease is included in the Social Security Administration’s blue book listings of impairments that are eligible for disability benefits. However, if you have just been diagnosed and have mild symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, you may not immediately qualify for benefits.

The Social Security Administration will look at whether you have suffered from Parkinson’s disease for at least 12 months, and have severe limitations as a result of your condition, including disruptions in mobility and movement, difficulties in concentrating, memory problems, and difficulty in standing and walking.