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Delays in Diagnosis Can Impact the Lives of Children and Adults With Narcolepsy

Misdiagnosis is common, and people with narcolepsy can suffer for more than a decade before getting the right diagnosis. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of the effects that narcolepsy can have on their daily lives.

Delays in Diagnosis Can Impact the Lives of Children and Adults With Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy can contribute to:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Poor performance in school
  • Poor work performance
  • Impaired ability to participate in exercise or sports
  • Social difficulties
  • Difficulty caring for a family and household
  • Driving limitations
  • Interference with starting a family
  • Inability to perform adequate self-care
  • Isolation
  • Stigmatization
  • Poor quality of life

Narcolepsy can be associated with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
"I felt like I couldn't do anything, and I didn't know what was wrong with me."Watch Caroline describe how she suffered alone before finally telling her mom about her symptoms.
"I’m at my desk, and I would get so sleepy I couldn’t sit there and concentrate."Hear how narcolepsy can affect patients’ lives.