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Neurological Conditions Alzheimer’s Disease and Autism

Neurological Conditions are essentially healthcare problems or disorders that have a neurological origin, i.e. they are precipitated due to impaired functions of the nerves, the neurons or the biochemical and electrical impulses that are at the core of the neurological system. Please understand that there isn’t a very clear, universally-acknowledged way of grouping Neurological Conditions but it has been established that such conditions usually involve one or all of the following in varying combinations and intensities:

  • Disorders related to muscular control and strength
  • Structural disorders involving the spinal cord and the brain
  • Structural disorders involving the nerves, limbs and trunk
  • Conditions like epilepsy or those that involve fainting and dizziness or a compromised state of consciousness
  • Conditions that affect the facial expressions, movement of bodily parts or induce lack of control on intended bodily activities

Neurological Conditions are the leading cause of serious disabilities among both, men and women and are recognized by healthcare sectors in most nations as a major burden on their public health budget. Two, common Neurological Conditions have been explained below:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s Disease is a rather difficult-to-explain condition that can best understood as a state of progressive dementia in an individual. This disorder is marked by definite changes in the brain’s functioning and its onset can be rather sudden and quiet, making it very difficult to diagnose this condition before it takes an untreatable form. Alzheimer’s disease is often wrongly accepted as a normal part of aging. However, this condition doesn’t include normal aging-related issues such as weakness of the limbs or slight tremors among the elderly. It refers to symptoms that lead to reduced mental acuity and loss of control over physical functions in a manner that is more serious than aging-related decrease in physical and mental capacity. This misconception has largely surfaced since most patients of Alzheimer’s are above 50 years of age.. Please note that this is among the most serious kinds of neurological conditions that cannot be reversed or fully cured. Its symptoms can only be alleviated through regular medication and follow-up care. The biggest tool in the management of Alzheimer’s is the family of the patient and the staff handling the clinical care. This is why so many Alzheimer’s support groups have been formed which seek to bring together families who have members suffering from this grave neurological condition.
  2. Autism – Autism is classically defined as a disorder in the brain’s developmental process. This neurological condition is established by the presence of typical symptoms such as regressive social interaction and impaired communication along with repetitive or restricted social and personal behavior among children. The onset of autism is usually before the age of three, making it very difficult for families to recognize the beginning of this neurological condition. Further, many of the autism-suggestive symptoms tend to cure without any medication, i.e. as the child ages. These are referred to as milder autism spectrum disorders—ASD but this is not always the case. Many times, the child’s symptoms worsen and the developmental disorder takes a more chronic form, leading to what is referred to as the classical definition of autism. Autism belongs to same category of neurological problems such as Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett Syndrome.