Parkinson's patients being 'laughed at'
An estimated 69,000 people have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public because of their Parkinson's disease, a charity has claimed.
The complex condition affects around 127,000 people in the UK, with key symptoms being shaking, stiffness and rigidity of movement. Parkinson 's UK revealed nearly half (46pc) of the people it questioned said the condition has led them to depression, while three out of five (62pc) experience anxiety, and sufferers could do without also being made to feel like a "zoo exhibit". One third (32pc) have been stared at, a quarter (25pc) have had symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, and one in ten (11pc) have had others laugh at them.