The underlying cause of Parkinson’s disease is not yet known. Its symptoms are the result of a signal problem deep within the brain. Brain cells that produce a certain neurotransmitter being to die. This neurotransmitter, dopamine, is critical to the regulation of movement, which explains why Parkinson’s patients often have shaking hands, stiff limbs, and difficulty in executing motor tasks.
Today’s Parkinson’s drugs simulate the creation of dopamine to give back what has previously gone away. While dopamine is a contributor to the regulation of movement, it also plays a role in reward seeking behavior and in risk taking tendencies.Some of the medications currently being used not only reduce the physical symptoms, but also spike their creative drive.
These medications might be unlocking a new or hidden talent, but keep in mind that the effects aren’t universal. A budding artist won’t naturally appear just because a new medication regiment is prescribed. However, if a sudden interest in painting, writing, or design suddenly comes into play, why ignore a new talent that can bring rewards well into the future? [Read more…]