This last year I have increasingly noticed that I am becoming less social. I have read that this happens quite frequently to people diagnosed with PD. It only makes sense that, if you are not feeling well, are tired, and self conscious of the outward signs of Parkinson's, (tremors, gait, and dyskinesia to name a few) one could easily become house bound. It struck me the other day, however, that this pulling away could be a self defense mechanism. We all know that stress has an adverse effect on our PD. Therefore, maybe we become less social because, by doing so, creates an atmosphere of "what I don't know can't hurt me." Relationships and friendships require a lot of work and expose us to the hardships or misfortunes of those close to us. Due to our neurological condition, maybe this social seclusion is a self defense mechanism created to protect an already compromised nervous system. I would like to hear from others who have experienced a social withdrawal due to PD and your thoughts as to whether you feel this retreat is an effect of PD or a defense mechanism as a result of it.
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