People that suffer from this disease may encounter problems such as muscle stiffness, problems with speech, swallowing, or physical coordination, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and weight loss. Other mental health related symptoms include a change in personality, depression, anxiety, and even psychosis, where a person loses contact with reality.
How is this disease diagnosed?
This disease is inherited genetically and is diagnosed by physical examinations, blood tests, urine tests, or liver biopsy tests. This disease is said to affect 1 of every 30,000 people worldwide.
Living With Wilson's Disease
Fighting The Disease
There are organizations such as the Wilson's Disease Association (WDA), that fight the disease and provide resources for consultation, diagnosis, and treatment. There is no cure for Wilson's disease, but there are different methods of treatment that include therapy using zinc to counteract the copper in the body, and other medicines.