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Stopping the Spiral Toward Demoralization in Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, April 9, 2018
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

People with chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) are at risk of spiraling into a demoralized state. Common symptoms include feeling helpless, hopeless, a sense of failure and incapacitated to respond to stressful situations. Doctors frequently fail to identify or address this issue. There is sparse research and a rare interest in screening for demoralization. In this month’s Whats Hot in PD?

Category: 
What's Hot in PD?

Anxiety

Like people with other chronic diseases, people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often struggle with mental health difficulties.

Apathy

Apathy describes a lack of interest, enthusiasm or motivation. It interferes with the effective management of Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms, since apathetic people are less inclined to do things like exercise and follow their medication schedules.

You may be experiencing apathy if you feel that it is increasingly harder to get up and participate in life’s activities. Report this to your health care provider and work with your team to determine the best course of action.

Non-Movement Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is generally thought of as a disease that only involves movement. But in addition to motor symptoms such as slowness of movement, tremor Involuntary shaking of the hands, arms, legs, jaw or tongue. The typical Parkinson’s tremor is “pill-rolling” – it looks like holding a pill between thumb and forefinger and continuously rolling it around. Some people report an internal tremor, a shaking sensation inside the chest, abdomen or limbs that cannot be seen.

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