Docs speak on ways to fight mental disorders
Say best way to tackle neurological conditions is through will, medication
It was difficult for 40-year-old Nayana Vaidya to digest that she was suffering from a debilitating chronic neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS).
On hearing the doctor’s diagnosis, anxiety overtook her. Being a working woman, she found it difficult to concentrate on work, even commuting became tiresome.
The real trauma for Nayana, however, unfolded when the disorder aggravated. She developed vision problems and began to feel a burning sensation in the neck. One day, her right side was paralysed.
Although Nayana initially found it difficult to cope with the disease, she gradually took it in her stride and, despite the debilitating symptoms, began
regular health checkups.
“The disorder is usually diagnosed among people between the ages of 20 and 40 years, considered the most productive period of a person’s life,” he says.
While other people may be building their careers, getting married, or enjoying life in general, MS patients undergo tremendous hardships. Moreover, an MS patient has to avoid heat and high temperatures, which aggravate symptoms and the patient’s general condition.
An autoimmune disorder that directly affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), Multiple Sclerosis generally occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissues, thereby damaging the myelin sheath - the protective covering surrounding nerve cells. With the nerve covering damaged, nerve impulses slow down or stop. Such nerve damage is mainly caused by repeated episodes of inflammation when the body’s immune cells attack the nervous system. This inflammation can be triggered by a virus, genetic defects or environmental factors, the doctor adds.
Some major MS symptoms include: impaired or double vision, vertigo, facial pain, loss of balance, problems in making minor movements, numbness, tingling or weakness in the limbs, difficulty in passing or holding urine, constipation and other bowel problems, muscle spasms, excessive fatigue, decreased attention span, poor judgment, memory loss and emotional fluctuations leading to depression.
The doctor says that a healthy lifestyle, total avoidance of alcohol and cigarettes as well as strong willpower are needed for effective treatment of a neurological disease such as MS.