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How To Halt Eye Twitching?

Dr. Surendra Prakash 85% (10 ratings)
MS - Ophthalmology, Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery
Ophthalmologist, Kolkata
How To Halt Eye Twitching?

Eye twitching, tics in the eyelids and spasms in the eye are pretty common. In case of eye twitching, usually, the lower eyelid becomes involved. The upper eyelid may also twitch in certain cases. Twitches are not permanent in nature, and they leave after some time. In some cases, eye twitching may last for long durations of time such as weeks or months.

Eye twitching is not a critical medical condition. It is a temporary prickling and irritation in the eyes, which ceases after some time. Common twitching of the eyes is not related to any neurological disorder.

Here are some reasons which cause eye twitches-

Stress
Every individual goes through some amount of stress, and the body reacts differently in different people as a result of stress. An eye twitch may be caused due to stress, especially related to strain in the eyes.
In order to reduce stress you should practice yoga, meditation, perform breathing exercises and take a break. Reducing the stress would also cease the twitching in the eyes.

Tiredness
Eye twitching can appear when you are fatigued or very tired. Lack of proper sleep makes your body tired, and this might trigger eye twitching.
You should improve upon your sleeping hours and sleep more.

Eye strain
Vision problems and any issue related to the eyes can cause stress, which may result in constant twitching in your eyes. Whenever too much stress is imposed upon your eyes, they tend to react and twitching occurs. Any problem would make the eyes put in more effort, which results in strain.

You should have an eye check up if you experience an eye strain accompanied by twitching sensation in your eyes.

People who use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones for a profuse period of time experience pain and twitching in the eyes. There is a 20-20-20 rule to be followed while using such devices, which reduces eye strain and reduces itching or twitching. You can also avail special eyeglasses for people who spend a lot of time on computers.

Caffeine
Intake of an excess amount of caffeine leads to eye twitching. Cut down your doses of coffee, tea, dark chocolates and soft drinks in case of eye twitching and you may observe an easing in the twitching.

Alcohol
Alcohol also leads to eye twitching so you must abstain from alcohol in case you are having twitching in the eyes.

Dry eyes
This disorder develops in people who have crossed the age of 50. People who use computers a lot also develop dry eyes, which leads to eye twitching.

Our eyes twitch because of a lot of reasons. You should know the facts right and avoid situations that lead to eye twitching.

Eyelid Twitch - Common Causes!

Dr. Deepa Kapoor 90% (889 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
Eyelid Twitch - Common Causes!

Eye twitching, tics in the eyelids and spasms in the eye are pretty common. In case of eye twitching, usually the lower eyelid becomes involved. The upper eyelid may also twitch in certain cases. Twitches are not permanent in nature, and they leave after some time. In some cases, eye twitching may last for long durations of time such as weeks or months.

Eye twitching is not a critical medical condition. It is a temporary prickling and irritation in the eyes, which ceases after some time. Common twitching of the eyes is not related to any neurological disorder.

Here are some reasons which cause eye twitches-

1. StressEvery individual goes through some amount of stress, and the body reacts differently in different people as a result of stress. An eye twitch may be caused due to stress, especially related to strain in the eyes.
In order to reduce stress you should practice yoga, meditation, perform breathing exercises and take a break. Reducing the stress would also cease the twitching in the eyes.

2. Tiredness- Eye twitching can appear when you are fatigued or very tired. Lack of proper sleep makes your body tired, and this might trigger eye twitching.
You should improve upon your sleeping hours and sleep more.

3. Eye strain- Vision problems and any issue related to the eyes can cause stress, which may result in constant twitching in your eyes. Whenever too much stress is imposed upon your eyes, they tend to react and twitching occurs. Any problem would make the eyes put in more effort, which results in strain.
You should have an eye check up if you experience an eye strain accompanied by twitching sensation in your eyes.

People who use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones for a profuse period of time experience pain and twitching in the eyes. There is a 20-20-20 rule to be followed while using such devices, which reduces eye strain and reduces itching or twitching. You can also avail special eyeglasses for people who spend a lot of time on computers.

4. Caffeine- Intake of an excess amount of caffeine leads to eye twitching. Cut down your doses of coffee, tea, dark chocolates and soft drinks in case of eye twitching and you may observe an easing in the twitching.

5. Alcohol- Alcohol also leads to eye twitching so you must abstain from alcohol in case you are having twitching in the eyes.

6. Dry eyesThis disorder develops in people who have crossed the age of 50. People who use computers a lot also develop dry eyes, which leads to eye twitching.

Our eyes twitch because of a lot of reasons. You should know the facts right and avoid situations that lead to eye twitching.

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Seizures - Know How Homeopathy Can Help?

Dr. Gauri Kadlaskar Palsule 93% (496 ratings)
MD- Homoeopathy
Homeopath,

Suffering seizures? Homeopathy can help!

It is undoubtedly a disturbing yet concerning experience to watch somebody have a seizure. One-off incidence may not be serious, but epileptic seizures need care; be assured, homeopathy can help!

Before you start reading the blog, please understand epilepsy is not a disease; it is a symptom of a brain disease. A single seizure does not mean epilepsy. It is just an indication of an investigation. A seizure is indeed an abnormal clinical event created by electrical discharges from the brain; however, epilepsy is defined as ‘the tendency to have seizures.' 

Significant numbers, especially for India

Approximately 50 lac people have epilepsy worldwide, and each year 24 lac people are diagnosed with epilepsy. Of these patients, 80% live in the low- and the middle-income countries. Four to 10 people per 1,000 suffer from epilepsy, but certain studies also estimate the incidence as high as between seven to 14 epilepsy patients per 100 persons in low-income countries. One-fifth or about 10 lacs of the global 50 lac epilepsy patients are in India.

I consult many epilepsy cases in my clinic, of which, the majority (60%) are pediatric cases within the age group of two to eight years. The most common type of epilepsy in the clinic is primary generalized epilepsy. Absent seizures account for the rest of the 40% epilepsy cases in the clinic.

Don't be afraid; your awareness helps the patients

I agree, for a common person witnessing or experiencing an epileptic seizure may be scary or traumatic – mentally and sometimes physically too. However, we must understand that a seizure or even epilepsy is not the end of life. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, a patient can lead a normal, independent life. The lack of diagnosis and treatment is often due to the lack of awareness among the patients and the people around them, and also the social and cultural stigma attached to seizures. Depending upon the type of epilepsy, the signs and symptoms may include temporary unconsciousness, confusion, involuntary jerking movements of arms or legs, and sometimes fear and anxiety too.

Many other health conditions may be confused with epilepsy, for example, it may be wrongly diagnosed as a psychological disease and referred to a psychiatrist, or may be diagnosed merely as a fainting spell. Especially among females, the chances of wrong diagnoses of seizures – from hysteria and attention-seeking behavior to even wholly ignoring the symptoms.

Care is essential, not the cover-up or wrong treatment

Epileptic seizures can lead to further complications and emergencies. A sudden fall to the ground during the seizure can lead to minor or major injuries to the patients. An epileptic patient needs to be cleared by the doctor to be able to drive and ride a vehicle; these patients have an unusually high risk of vehicular accidents. These patients need to take regular treatment to avoid seizure incidences that may put their or the lives of the people around them at risk. For example, the patient with epilepsy has a far higher risk of drowning in water, if not supervised or if the help is not quickly available. Status epilepticus is a medical emergency where the patient suffers longer seizures lasting as long as over 30 minutes or has two seizures without gaining full consciousness in between them. In severe cases, epilepsy may cause the death of the patient.

Diagnosis needs advanced investigations

The diagnosis of the causes behind epilepsies requires a thorough neurological examination. The investigations may include the seemingly complicated and expensive, perhaps not easily accessible, imaging technologies. EEG (electroencephalogram) plays a crucial role in the accurate diagnosis of epilepsy. To further investigate and rule out the other causes such as infections and tumors or cysts, specific blood tests and CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be advised by the physicians.

Homeopathy helps with patient-centric approach

A homeopathic physician will carefully access and analyze a patient's case history, as with any other patient. I suggest my patients that meticulously maintaining a ‘seizure diary’ helps to describe the exact nature of patient symptoms to the physician. Such minutely detailed information helps in prescribing the most accurate and the most effective homeopathic treatment for the patient. It is a good idea to visit the homeopathic physician with a person who is around the patient so the physician can appraise the patient’s exact condition to the people close the patient.

A 22-year-old young lady described her case to me – she suffered regular seizures since her first period. The episodes occurred before her menses, sometimes leading to her collapse. The twitching of face and extremities was a regular feature. During the six months of the treatment she responded well; however, she soon discontinued the treatment as she got married. She hid condition from her husband and the in-laws. During the two-year lapse of the treatment, her condition aggravated, when she returned to my clinic. She was counseled about the importance of regular medication, and her family was apprised of her condition. They were very supportive, so she continued the treatment. She is leading a normal, symptom-free life with regular homeopathic treatment.

Another success story from my clinic is of a 4-year-old boy. A diagnosed case of partial epilepsy, he developed twitching and jerking movements in his left arm. His seizures would start as soon as he would wake up in the morning with a frequency of about two days. The child was very fearful and timid due to his condition. Considering his medical history, including tonsillitis, he was prescribed a homeopathic medicine for 15 days; his seizure-frequency lowered to once a week. With regular examination at the clinic and treatment compliance for a year, his EEG was completely normal, and the boy lived symptom-free. The child has been assessed once a year since and has grown-up to be a good sportsperson, leading a normal and worry-free life as any young man. 

These representative and many more cases in my clinic underline two things: the lack of awareness and social stigma delay the diagnosis and the treatment for the patients, losing many months and years and increasing complications due to epilepsy; and a timely and quality homeopathic treatment can help you lead a fulfilling life even with epilepsy or help you cure the condition completely.

 

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Magnesium Deficiency - How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

Dr. Vivek Raskar 87% (70 ratings)
PG Certificate Course In Diabetes Education(PGDCE), MBBS, CCEDM
Diabetologist, Mumbai
Magnesium Deficiency - How To Know If You Are Suffering From It?

Magnesium is one of the most abundant mineral found in earth, and a good 60 percent of all the magnesium in the body is stored in your bones. A small percentage is also present in your blood and this nutrient is beneficial for healthy bones and in regulating blood pressure. It also enables proper nerve functioning, good blood circulation, strong immune system and a healthy heart.



Magnesium deficiency can lead to a number of ailments including hypertensiondiabetes, heart disease, chronic back pain, etc. Asthma is also widely known to be associated with magnesium deficiencies and can lead to irregular heartbeats and panic attacks. Magnesium deficiency occurs mainly due to unhealthy diet, alcohol abuse, excessive vomiting, and long-term diarrhea. 

Here are a few signs that indicate that you are suffering from magnesium deficiency.

  1. Muscle crampsRegular muscle cramps are the first symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is extremely important for muscle growth and regeneration. It increases the intake of calcium and potassium- the two key elements important for muscle functioning. If you experience regular cramps, consult a physician immediately. Also, frequent muscle twitching and eye twitching might be symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
  2. MigraineMigraines are caused by a number of reasons and one such reason can be low magnesium levels in your body. Severe migraines should never be ignored as it can be due to an underlying medical condition. Check with your physician as in some cases, migraines can be treated if magnesium deficiency is addressed.
  3. Irregular heart beat: Irregular heartbeats and rhythms are the biggest symptoms of low magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium is extremely important for proper functioning of the heart and proper blood circulation in the body. If you are suffering from these symptoms for quite some time, seek medical attention immediately.
  4. Anxiety and restlessness: Restlessness and anxiety can be a norm of life for some people. There can be many explanations for this and one is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium can make our body and mind calm, and lack of this nutrient can cause depressions and restlessness. Increasing your magnesium level can help in reducing anxiety levels and restlessness.
  5. Fatigue and weakness: If you are experiencing black outs and constant weakness, then you may be suffering from low magnesium levels. Magnesium plays an important role in breaking down glucose into energy. This energy is needed for metabolism and fights the weakness of your body. Lack of magnesium can be harmful in the long run and you might experience extreme instances of weakness and fatigue.

Magnesium intakes: Always have a healthy magnesium rich diet to supplement your magnesium levels. You can best get them from foods such as almonds, avocado, bananas, beans, and pumpkin seeds. You can also opt for milk, cashews, potatoes and yogurt. You can intake magnesium supplements too, but do consult with your doctor before taking them.

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Toxicity In Cattle From SORGHUM PLANTS

Dr. Kallol Kumar Sengupta 92% (38 ratings)
B.V.Sc. & A.H., BCKV
Veterinarian, Kolkata
Toxicity In Cattle From SORGHUM PLANTS

Sorghum species of grass are drought tolerant plants. Both cyanide & nitrates can be present in various amounts in sorghum crops that are stressed by hot, dry conditions. Cyanide poisoning is the main culprit but nitrate & nitrite poisoning also a possibility when grazing in sorghum during draught. Hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid kills the animal by preventing o2 utilization in its tissue.
The poison is highest when the growth of grass is checked by draught or other physical damage. (as a hailstorm, insect damages) the risk is also higher in young plants or regrowth. Therefore regrowth under stress is the most dangerous (maybe 400-900 on ppm a dry wt basis).
 

Symptoms
History of ingestion of undergrown or regrown grass (in drought-prone areas, increased depth and rate of respiration, frothing in the mouth, muscular twitching, staggering, collapse convulsions and death.

 

Treatment
Affected animals may effectively be treated and of sodium thiosulphate or sodium hyposulphite. This chemical is commonly known as hypo. It was easily available from a photographer's studio in the black and white photography.
Still, you may find this in photo studios. (be sure that it is sodium thiosulphate or hyposulphite.
Prepare 10% soln ie 10gm in 100 ml distilled water. Inject it iv @ dose rate of 660 mg per kg BW. Do not hesitate because I had saved several couples of cattle doing this. 
Roughly an adult desi cattle will need 90 to 160 ml of 10% soln. Some animals will be needed the 2nd dose but be in the limit of 160 ml. If you can give the treatment before respiration stops it is certain that the animal will stand and will start eating within 1 & 1/2 hour.

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Why We Fidget While We Work?

Dr. Girish C Pandey 90% (81 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, DNB (Psychiatry)
Psychiatrist, Ghaziabad
Why We Fidget While We Work?

Every person is familiar with the remark “Stop fidgeting” but does anybody ever wonder why do humans fidget? Is there any scientific reason for such an action? This article shall inform the reader about the underlying cause for what is known as fidgeting.

Fidgeting and its underlying cause

  • Scientific research has revealed that fidgeting has many benefits still most people get annoyed when they see another person twitching and tapping. Most people do this seemingly without any control over their movement when they are ordered to be still. Research shows that there is at least one biological reason to back this action.
  • Since the same brain area is used for movement and speech, it is only natural that gestures are interlinked with thorough preparation for a speech. People tend to move their hands more when they are looking for a word to say but are not being able to find it. In a recent study, it was found that school children between the ages of 6-8 years who use their hands a lot can come up with the right answers during lessons.
  • While this is one theory, another neurological theory suggests that a portion of the mental load is offloaded through the process of fidgeting when people have to tackle complex problems or thoughts. The theory is called cognitive load hypothesis. The offloading mechanism frees up the mental faculties thus devoting them to the mental process. While this may not be a definitive explanation for fidgeting, it does go to show that there is a link between a person’s hand movements and their thought and speech process.

Other reasons for fidgeting

  • Other than the cognitive advantages, some evidence has also been found linking fidgeting with metabolism. People who fidget are found to have a higher metabolism and lower BMI. This difference can be seen between thin and overweight people. Fidgeting amidst lollygagging during the day helps burn up to 350 calories a day. Also, fidgeting among other incidental physical activity helps keep an individual fit.
  • Among other reasons, fidgeting also serves as a coping mechanism for people with ADD. If a person is engaged in something that he/she is not interested in then the additional sensory-motor input that is even slightly stimulating or entertaining helps the brain to get completely engaged. This helps to maintain focus on the actual activity being performed by the individual.
  • So, fidgeting helps distract that part of the brain that is getting bored. This helps the other parts of the brain focus better on the actual activity. This is known as floating attention which perhaps is an evolutionary trait that dates back to prehistoric times. In those times, the ability to focus entirely on a task with undivided attention was not favorable to the human since doing so could make them unaware of the enormous ravenous beast hiding behind the bushes.

Thus, though there is some degree of understanding is there when it comes to fidgeting, more research studies are required to gain further insight.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Too Much Alcohol - Can It Cause Eye Twitching?

Asg Eye Hospital 85% (17 ratings)
ABC
Ophthalmologist, Jodhpur
Too Much Alcohol - Can It Cause Eye Twitching?

Eye twitching, tics in the eyelids and spasms in the eye are pretty common. In case of eye twitching, usually the lower eyelid becomes involved. The upper eyelid may also twitch in certain cases. Twitches are not permanent in nature, and they leave after some time. In some cases, eye twitching may last for long durations of time such as weeks or months.

Eye twitching is not a critical medical condition. It is a temporary prickling and irritation in the eyes, which ceases after some time. Common twitching of the eyes is not related to any neurological disorder.

Here are some reasons which cause eye twitches-

Stress
Every individual goes through some amount of stress, and the body reacts differently in different people as a result of stress. An eye twitch may be caused due to stress, especially related to strain in the eyes.
In order to reduce stress you should practice yoga, meditation, perform breathing exercises and take a break. Reducing the stress would also cease the twitching in the eyes.

Tiredness
Eye twitching can appear when you are fatigued or very tired. Lack of proper sleep makes your body tired, and this might trigger eye twitching.
You should improve upon your sleeping hours and sleep more.

Eye strain
Vision problems and any issue related to the eyes can cause stress, which may result in constant twitching in your eyes. Whenever too much stress is imposed upon your eyes, they tend to react and twitching occurs. Any problem would make the eyes put in more effort, which results in strain.

You should have an eye check up if you experience an eye strain accompanied by twitching sensation in your eyes.

People who use computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones for a profuse period of time experience pain and twitching in the eyes. There is a 20-20-20 rule to be followed while using such devices, which reduces eye strain and reduces itching or twitching. You can also avail special eyeglasses for people who spend a lot of time on computers.

Caffeine
Intake of an excess amount of caffeine leads to eye twitching. Cut down your doses of coffee, tea, dark chocolates and soft drinks in case of eye twitching and you may observe an easing in the twitching.

Alcohol
Alcohol also leads to eye twitching so you must abstain from alcohol in case you are having twitching in the eyes.

Dry eyes
This disorder develops in people who have crossed the age of 50. People who use computers a lot also develop dry eyes, which leads to eye twitching.

Our eyes twitch because of a lot of reasons. You should know the facts right and avoid situations that lead to eye twitching.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Why Do We Do Fidgeting?

Dr. Yogesh Pokale 89% (10 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Psychiarty
Psychiatrist, Pune
Why Do We Do Fidgeting?

Every person is familiar with the remark “Stop fidgeting” but does anybody ever wonder why do humans fidget? Is there any scientific reason for such an action? This article shall inform the reader about the underlying cause for what is known as fidgeting.

Fidgeting and its underlying cause

  • Scientific research has revealed that fidgeting has many benefits still most people get annoyed when they see another person twitching and tapping. Most people do this seemingly without any control over their movement when they are ordered to be still. Research shows that there is at least one biological reason to back this action.
  • Since the same brain area is used for movement and speech, it is only natural that gestures are interlinked with thorough preparation for a speech. People tend to move their hands more when they are looking for a word to say but are not being able to find it. In a recent study, it was found that school children between the ages of 6-8 years who use their hands a lot can come up with the right answers during lessons.
  • While this is one theory, another neurological theory suggests that a portion of the mental load is offloaded through the process of fidgeting when people have to tackle complex problems or thoughts. The theory is called cognitive load hypothesis. The offloading mechanism frees up the mental faculties thus devoting them to the mental process. While this may not be a definitive explanation for fidgeting, it does go to show that there is a link between a person’s hand movements and their thought and speech process.

Other reasons for fidgeting

  • Other than the cognitive advantages, some evidence has also been found linking fidgeting with metabolism. People who fidget are found to have a higher metabolism and lower BMI. This difference can be seen between thin and overweight people. Fidgeting amidst lollygagging during the day helps burn up to 350 calories a day. Also, fidgeting among other incidental physical activity helps keep an individual fit.
  • Among other reasons, fidgeting also serves as a coping mechanism for people with ADD. If a person is engaged in something that he/she is not interested in then the additional sensory-motor input that is even slightly stimulating or entertaining helps the brain to get completely engaged. This helps to maintain focus on the actual activity being performed by the individual.
  • So, fidgeting helps distract that part of the brain that is getting bored. This helps the other parts of the brain focus better on the actual activity. This is known as floating attention which perhaps is an evolutionary trait that dates back to prehistoric times. In those times, the ability to focus entirely on a task with undivided attention was not favorable to the human since doing so could make them unaware of the enormous ravenous beast hiding behind the bushes.

Thus, though there is some degree of understanding is there when it comes to fidgeting, more research studies are required to gain further insight.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dr. Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Lived By The Thought, "Intelligence Is The Ability To Adapt To Change"

Dr. Aparna Gupta 90% (39 ratings)
DNB (Neurology), MD/MBBS - General Medicine
Neurologist, Delhi
Dr. Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Lived By The Thought, "Intelligence Is The Ability To Adapt To Change"

“I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first”, are the famous words of a man who, against all odds pursued his passion till the end. 14 March 2018 will always be considered as one of the darkest days as the world mourns the loss of the great Dr. Stephen Hawking, who enlightened people with his theories related to, ‘exploration of general relativity and properties of the black hole’.

At the age of 21 he was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  or Lou Gehrig’s disease and despite the challenges he faced, he lived his life with fun & vigor.

So, what is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a motor neuron disease, which is responsible for controlling the voluntary muscle movement in the body. It is one of the rare neurological diseases and has no cure at present. It is degenerative disease i.e. the condition affected by it will get worse over a period of time and weakens the working of these neurons.

What is the cause of it?

In 90% to 95% of cases, the definitive cause of it is still not known. And, for the remaining cases, there is a possibility that this disease can occur due an inherited genetic history of certain specific genes from their parents.

How the disease affected Stephen?

The symptoms of this disease vary from person to person. Also, the disease has a tendency to spread to unaffected regions of the body with the affected regions turning worse. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, the patient eventually will not able to walk, use their hands & arms, loses his ability to speak, to swallow food or their own saliva, and lastly, it affects the ability to cough & breathe resulting in the death of the patient.

In most of the cases, people who are diagnosed with ALS live up to 2-5 years. However, Hawking was a rare case who survived for over 50 years, since he was diagnosed when he was 21. And, in spite of his disease, he came up with highly elaborate researches such as that of the black hole theory.

How did he survive for so long?

When a patient suffers from ALS it is possible he or she can die due to respiratory failure, or deterioration of swallowing muscles which leads to dehydration and malnutrition. The case of Hawking is still a mystery for both doctors and scientists alike. As, in all ALS cases, the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction or memory dysfunction are common but were proven wrong in Hawking’s case. As per Hawking’s biography ‘A Brief History of Time’, his grasping, and learning ability improved only after his disease.

Due to the progression of his disease, he was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair and was not able to perform day to day activities such as bathing, eating, and even talking. He was only able to move a few fingers. In order to overcome his difficulties, he started using a speech synthesizer that gave him a computerized voice. Also, after reading his case many doctors claimed that the disease progressed slower than it usually does in his case.


Common signs of this disease

Although the above symptoms can indicate other health ailments in case of continuous occurrence one should consult a doctor immediately. In case of any concern, do consult an expert and get answers. 

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Fidgeting - Why Do We Do It?

Dr. Ashish Kuthe 90% (89 ratings)
MD Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Nagpur
Fidgeting - Why Do We Do It?

Every person is familiar with the remark “Stop fidgeting” but does anybody ever wonder why do humans fidget? Is there any scientific reason for such an action? This article will throw light on the underlying causes for what is known as fidgeting.

Fidgeting and its underlying causes

  • Scientific research has revealed that fidgeting has many benefits still most people get annoyed when they see another person twitching and tapping. Most people do this seemingly without any control over their movement when they are ordered to be still. Research shows that there is at least one biological reason to back this action.
  • Since the same brain area is used for movement and speech, it is only natural that gestures are interlinked with thorough preparation for a speech. People tend to move their hands more when they are looking for a word to say, but are not being able to find it. In a recent study, it was found that school children between the age of 6-8 years who use their hands a lot can come up with the right answers during lessons.
  • While this is one theory, another neurological theory suggests that a portion of the mental load is off-loaded through the process of fidgeting when people have to tackle complex problems or thoughts. The theory is called cognitive load hypothesis. The offloading mechanism frees up the mental faculties thus, devoting them to the mental process. While this may not be a definitive explanation for fidgeting, it does go to show that there is a link between a person’s hand movements and their thought and speech process.

Other reasons for fidgeting

  • Other than the cognitive advantages, some evidence has also been found linking fidgeting with metabolism. People who fidget are found to have a higher metabolism and lower BMI. This difference can be seen between thin and overweight people. Fidgeting amidst lollygagging during the day helps burn up to 350 calories a day. Also, fidgeting among other incidental physical activity helps keep an individual fit.
  • Among other reasons, fidgeting also serves as a coping mechanism for people with ADD. If a person is engaged in something that he/she is not interested in then the additional sensory-motor input that is even slightly stimulating or entertaining helps the brain to get completely engaged. This helps to maintain focus on the actual activity being performed by the individual.
  • So, fidgeting helps distract that part of the brain that is getting bored. This helps the other parts of the brain focus better on the actual activity. This is known as floating attention which perhaps is an evolutionary trait that dates back to prehistoric times. In those times, the ability to focus entirely on a task with undivided attention was not favorable to the human since doing so could make them unaware of the enormous ravenous beast hiding behind the bushes.

Thus, though there is some degree of understanding is there when it comes to fidgeting, more research studies are required to gain further insight. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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