Coping With Narcolepsy
Individuals with narcolepsy, as well as their families, friends, and potential employers, should know that:
- Narcolepsy is a life-long condition that requires continuous narcolepsy medication.
- Although there is no narcolepsy cure , several narcolepsy medications can help reduce its symptoms.
- People with narcolepsy can lead productive lives if they are provided with proper medical care.
- If possible, individuals with narcolepsy should avoid jobs that require driving long distances or handling hazardous equipment or that require alertness for lengthy periods.
- Parents, teachers, spouses, and employers should be aware of the symptoms of narcolepsy. This will help them avoid the mistake of confusing the person's behavior with laziness, hostility, rejection, or lack of interest and motivation. It will also help them provide essential support and cooperation.
- Employers can promote better working opportunities for individuals with narcolepsy by permitting special work schedules and nap breaks.
Learning as much about narcolepsy as possible and finding a support system can help patients and families cope with the practical and emotional effects of the disease, possible occupational limitations, and situations that might cause injury.