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Unformatted text preview: selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) to treat such symptoms of the disorder as cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations, and/or sleep paralysis. Stimulants ( amphetamines ) may also be used to help individuals with narcolepsy stay awake and alert. With the recent discovery of the gene that causes narcolepsy, researchers are hopeful that other treatments can be designed to relieve the symptoms of the disorder. Prognosis Narcolepsy is not a degenerative disease, and patients do not develop other neurologic symptoms. Narcolepsy can, however, interfere with a person's ability to work, play, drive, socialize, and perform other daily activities. In severe cases, the disorder prevents people from living a normal life, leading to depression and a loss of independence. Prevention As of 2002, narcolepsy is not a preventable disorder....
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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