Left untreated, narcolepsy may be devastating both psychologically and socially. However, with proper management and treatment, people with narcolepsy usually lead meaningful and productive personal and professional lives.
If you are diagnosed with narcolepsy, consider joining a support group. By becoming a member of a support group, you'll get emotional support from people who are having similar problems. This will alleviate isolation and the feeling that you are the only one with this condition.
Janice used to think her husband's sleepwalking was funny.
He fumbled through the dark, often muttered incoherently, and occasionally walked into walls. But she stopped laughing when he made his way to the garage one night and started the car.
Experts estimate that sleepwalking afflicts between 1% and 15% of the general population. It's more common in children -- especially those between the ages of 3 and 7 -- than in adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2004 Sleep in America Poll,...