Resources

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Cataplexy

Sudden muscular weakness triggered by strong emotions - weakening of the facial muscles, weakness at the knees, or total collapse on the floor.

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Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

An irresistible urge to sleep at inappropriate times during the day.

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How is narcolepsy diagnosed?

In the past, it was common for people with symptoms of narcolepsy to go undiagnosed, sometimes for many years. With greater recognition of the condition, and greater awareness amongst the medical profession, the situation is improving, but misdiagnosis of narcolepsy, and thus inappropriate treatment, is still relatively common.

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How is narcolepsy treated?

Treatment is focused on controlling the symptoms of narcolepsy in a way that allows the patient to live as normal a life as possible.

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Managing narcolepsy

A few simple tips that can help ensure maximum health and well-being. Many of these are applicable to everyone, but people with narcolepsy may find them particularly beneficial.

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Narcolepsy and education

Although narcolepsy can have a major indirect impact on concentration, attention span and short term memory, it does not affect cognition or intelligence directly. However, without measures being taken to mitigate its effects, a diagnosis of narcolepsy may have a significant impact on a student's ability to learn.

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Narcolepsy and work

Although narcolepsy can have a major indirect impact on concentration, attention span and short term memory, it does not affect cognition or intelligence directly. Provided that appropriate allowances are made for their sleep disorder, many people with narcolepsy are able to work, though there are obviously certain occupations that are not open to them.

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Seeking medical help

Seeking medical help when you first develop symptoms of narcolepsy can be very daunting, but your first point of contact should be your regular GP.

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What causes narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is an auto-immune disorder, commonly caused by an infection like a sore throat.  Recently swine flu vaccination caused an upsurge in cases.

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What is narcolepsy?

Learn what narcolepsy is, what causes it and the key symptoms

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